I’m always astounded by two facts: first, how few employees feel engaged with their organizations; and second, the number one reason people leave a job is their manager. Ok, I’m astounded by one more fact: 75% of the companies on the Fortune 500 from 25 years ago aren’t on the list any more.
Said another way, a smaller percentage of managers are inspiring their employees to achieve greatness than those who aren’t – by a long shot. It’s the tough reality. That’s what makes The Social Employee by Cheryl Burgess and Mark Burgess such an interesting book to read. (In open disclosure, my colleague Jeremy Hartman and I were asked to contribute a chapter on Cisco to the book.)
When I read how companies like Southwest Airlines, IBM and DOMO invest in social media to drive their employees to the priorities of the business, a light bulb when off in my head: there is a galactic difference between alignment and engagement,
- Alignment is driven by “what” you need to do;
- Engagement is based more on understanding “why” something is important to do.
Unless you satisfy the “why” you won’t get to the “what” as fast or as effectively. This is a mindset for Read More »
Tags: Cisco, collaboration, social media, the social employee, WebEX
Last month I attended a summit of subject matter experts on securing the Internet of Things (IoT). At first, I thought I had the wrong room, because it seemed that everybody other than me was an architect or engineer working for a device manufacturer, and as a result the conversation was dominated by placing security controls into the devices, themselves. In contrast, I tend to approach the issue from the perspective of protecting the core of the network. But just when I was beginning to think I had wasted an hour-long drive and was going to be bored out of my skull all day, a few of us started debating the issue and the conversation began to evolve. Before long, we had found common ground in the fact that security controls are all about trust relationships -- ‘I trust you, therefore I will allow you to do that’.
Now trust is a funny thing, because by its very nature it can neither be one-sided nor one-dimensional. Instead, it must be built into every aspect of the transaction; a sort of “digital handshake” to ensure all is well before doing business. In other words, each of our pre-conceived perspectives was correct, yet we were all being stubborn and short-sighted! Read More »
Tags: Cisco, cyber security, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoT, network security, security
Last month we had the most successful Collaboration Summit conference ever, with partners, analysts, consultants, customers and Cisco executives coming together to explore how new collaboration solutions are helping companies become more empowered, engaged and innovative.
My mantra throughout the event was dare to be bold. Just as Cisco is launching a new wave of innovation, I am challenging you, our Cisco partners, to be bold in collaboration around 4 key imperatives:
- Transform your sales
- Extend the workspace in new ways
- Accelerate your cloud business
- Redefine the services you offer Read More »
Tags: Cisco, collaboration, partner, richard mcleod
Cisco will host a live backbone switching webcast on Wed Dec 4, 2013 to discuss BYOD, mobility, security and how Cisco backbone switching addresses these customer needs. This is the second webcast in the Cisco switching webcast series. You can view the first one, Cisco access switching webcast, at any time as it is now an on-demand video.
This backbone switching webcast comes at a critical time, as BYOD and mobility are creating major impact to the workplace. According to a recent study on BYOD and mobility,
- 75% of employees think that the IT department should help secure personal devices used at work;
- 63% of IT pros say the biggest network issue will be the increased bandwidth requirements;
- 39% of them say that network latency is a problem because of mobile devices;
- And 39% of them have seen serious issues tied to network performance as a result.
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Tags: Backbone Switch, byod, Catalyst 6500, Catalyst 6800, Cisco, mobility, security, webinar
Today’s law enforcement and government agencies are leveraging mobility to enable efficiency and ensure greater safety and security for the public these agencies serve.
In recent years, law enforcement agencies have turned to mobile technology to enhance wireless networks to deliver mission critical information. Other agencies have turned to software to help analyze citizen-driven information on mobile devices and crime in real-time.
IT decision makers in the public sector will face several challenges as they look for solutions in this growing mobile landscape that will help those in the line of duty. With that in mind it’s important for those decision makers to continue to support the case for innovative mobility solutions.
Read the full article: Government Agencies and the Future of Mobility
Tags: Cisco, Community Policing, future of mobility, mobility, Public Safety, security