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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – August 23, 2013

August 23, 2013 at 10:44 am PST

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Every Friday, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories of the week, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:

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The annual XChange event was held this week in Washington, DC. Each year, industry experts and solution provider executives across the US and Canada, come together to discuss industry trends and strategies. Our very own Edison Peres was there, too! Read about his thoughts from the event, the partners we chatted with, and the awards Cisco won in his latest blog post.   Read More »

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Meaningful Employee Recognition Can Help You Retain Valued Employees

August 20, 2013 at 8:06 am PST

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This is the final post in the Cisco Partner Talent series, helping partners attract, develop, and retain the right people with the right skills at the right time. This month’s blog post goes into detail about the importance of Rewards and Recognition in our Cisco Fit4Talent Employee Lifecycle. To read all of my blogs, see my Cisco blogs bio.

Good job. Well done. Fantastic. We all recognize the power of positive reinforcement but what about recognition preferences? Studies show that how you recognize an employee for their work is as important as recognizing them at all.

Sounds strange, I know. But let me share some data from Maritz Research, a marketing research firm, to get you thinking about your own recognition program.  Read More »

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – June 28, 2013

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Every Friday, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories of the week, as well as point you to important Cisco-related content you may have missed along the way. Let’s have it.

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Cisco Live took place in Orlando this week, bringing about 22,000 in-person participants and more than 250,000 virtually. A lot of what happens at this event has direct bearing on Cisco partners, so check out our recap of Cisco Live news, presentations, messages and on-the-scene activities.

The Cisco Powered team was also onsite at Cisco Live, showcasing the work of our important Cloud and Managed Services partners throughout the week. Stay up to date on what they’re working on through their Twitter handle (@Cisco_Powered) and Facebook page.

You can also continue to access Cisco Live content via Cisco Live 365. And make sure you check out the index of Cisco Live-related social media content from across the various Cisco teams.

Read on for all of this week’s hot topics.  Read More »

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Need to Cut Costs, Partners? Don’t Put Your Company Talent—or Your Future—at Risk

June 24, 2013 at 8:45 am PST

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This is the sixth blog in the Cisco Partner Talent series, helping partners attract, develop, and retain the right people with the right skills at the right time. This month’s blog post goes into detail about stage six of the Cisco Fit4Talent Employee Lifecycle: Succession Planning.

Based on my past few posts, I’m hoping you’ve been giving more thought to employee engagement and development. These are so important to building and retaining a strong team of contented, high performing employees.

In a fast moving, global and knowledge-based economy, survival depends on having a workforce that’s agile, creative and engaged, and that requires a developmental mentality. Business leaders need to take a more proactive and strategic approach in order to avoid wasting talent. That starts with understanding why certain cost-cutting measures, while well-intended, could actually be hurting your chances to develop talented employees.

So the question becomes: are you wasting your talent when you need it most?  Read More »

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How Partners Can Effectively Provide Learning Opportunities that Lead to Lasting Change

May 20, 2013 at 10:44 am PST

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This is the fifth blog in the Cisco Partner Talent series, helping partners attract, develop, and retain the right people with the right skills at the right time. This month’s blog post goes into detail about stage five of the Cisco Fit4Talent Employee Lifecycle: Coaching and Mentoring. 

In my previous blog post, I discussed the value of learning—for your employees’ success and your firm’s bottom line. This month, I’m digging deeper, sharing the important link between behavior change and learning, based on recommendations by Workforce Management on the five steps employers need to take for improved performance.

Why is this important? Well, do you want to increase your firm’s profit? Productivity? Competitive edge? If the answer is yes, and I imagine it would be, you can accomplish all of that—and more—by educating your workforce.

And if you’re not convinced by all of the benefits, here’s a scary stat: people involved in training typically forget most of what they’ve learned within 60 to 90 days. So how can you prevent this knowledge “drain”? Let’s use golf as an example.  Read More »

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