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Broadcast Recap: Tips for Collaboration, Igniting Performance, Sparking Creativity

November 16, 2011 at 11:00 am PST

What do air sandwiches, cogs, and boxes have in common?

Well, if you attended yesterday’s Virtual Partner Velocity broadcast, you’ll recognize that these are things that companies should avoid using if they want to be successful.

Cisco Vice President of Global Partner Marketing Amanda Jobbins kicked off the broadcast featuring author and business strategist Nilofer Merchant who shared actionable tips on how to ignite performance, spark creativity (versus making “stuff”), and humanize the people within organizations.

Nilofer also shared several examples of how companies create silos within their organizations causing huge gaps and lack of collaboration throughout. Don’t worry, she shared tips on how to close the gaps and collaborate effectively, whether you’re a CEO or just starting your career. Finally, Nilofer spent the second half of the broadcast answering questions that were tweeted in from the audience.

Like what you heard and want to get a free copy of Nilofer’s book The New How? Keep reading… Read More »

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Connecting the World: Cisco’s Collaboration Summit Kicks Off This Week

November 15, 2011 at 2:40 pm PST

Cisco’s Collaboration Summit starts today in beautiful Miami, Florida. On tap is a lively event with demos, partner booths, news announcements, solutions, and sessions that promise to change the way you connect and collaborate.

Whether you’re joining the event live or virtually, here’s a handy checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything this week.

Be sure to watch the keynote so you can hear Cisco’s Collaboration vision and see new announcements that enable people-centric collaboration. Register now for the event on Nov 16, 9-10:30 am EST! (A replay will be available for those who miss it.)

Cius is a big part of Cisco’s Collaboration solutions. At the event, ambassasors will be walking around to give demos. If you can’t be there live, watch this video to get the latest on Cius and how it’s helping to increase collaboration:

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Cisco Partners, Tell Us How Cisco Products Improve the Network, and Win an iPad2!

You’ve just finished a UCS installation for a customer—as the final tests are conducted you think, “UCS is fantastic. My customers will enjoy better application delivery and solid performance—all for low total cost of ownership. Perfection!”

If thoughts like that have run through your mind, then you should jot them down, because guess what—you just might win an iPad2!

Here at Cisco Channels, we’re launching a contest--we want Cisco partners to tell us in 25 words or less: How have Cisco products improved the network?

We want success stories of all kinds, whether Cisco Catalyst switches have made your customers’ networks run smoothly, if Aironet Series Access Points have improved connectivity, how UCS has helped streamline communications, or how TelePresence has helped a network of employees keep connected. Any Cisco product is fair game.

Cisco products form the core of the network, and they keep networks across the world running smoothly. Tell us in 25 words or less how Cisco products have improved the network and you could win an iPad2!

Need some inspiration? Watch this video to get your creative juices flowing.

Read on for contest details, how to enter, and for the Official Rules.

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New Social Media Ebook Offers Free Guidance to Cisco Partners

November 10, 2011 at 10:15 am PST

Many Cisco partners have indicated they want to learn more about how to leverage social media to generate leads, to listen to customers, interact, and network. But you’ve also told us you aren’t sure where to start. We’re here to help!

We’ve marshaled our resources and developed an ebook, “The Cisco Channels Guide to Social Media” to help Cisco partners develop a strategy, set goals, and launch a social media presence.

Take a look at our ebook, download a copy, and share the link via your social networks. Be sure to let us know in the comments if this book was helpful, if you have your own social media successes and insights to share, and which tools you’d like us to cover next time.

Keep reading to view the ebook and download your own copy.
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TweetChat! Meet Cisco’s New VP of Global Partner Marketing, Ask Your Questions Live

November 7, 2011 at 11:59 am PST

Often new leaders take some time to ramp up and get settled in a new role, but Cisco’s new Vice President of Global Partner Marketing Amanda Jobbins who has been on the job just a few short months isn’t sitting by idly.

In her interview with Channel blogger The VAR Guy, Amanda laid out five core priorities to help partners engage with end customers and how she wants to: “Make Cisco the world’s preferred partner marketing experience.”

She also chatted with CRN about ways Cisco will be investing in partner marketing, new customizable campaigns to help partners sell to customers, and new incentives.

Between new innovative offerings and focus on existing marketing programs for partners, like Partner Velocity, it’s clear that Amanda has a lot on her mind.

Watch this video to see what else Amanda has on her mind.

We know you have a lot on your mind, too. Have a question for Amanda? Here’s how you can chat with her live. Read More »

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