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Carpe Diem – Seize the day! Inspiration from May’s Everyday Heroes of CEWN

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Guest Blog and Interview by Anuja Singh 

Anuja Singh

Welcome to our monthly CEWN segment about role models. We all make resolutions and set goals to improve ourselves– but somewhere along the way, life interrupts our plans, we find ourselves juggling different priorities and invariably things get dropped. What you will find in this segment is inspiration from ordinary people who have achieved extraordinary results. Everyone featured in this series has faced challenges and opportunities that the rest of us can identify with; let’s draw inspiration from the choices they made and aspire to the outcomes they created.

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For Better Collaboration Try Breaking The Rules

I recently read an article Why Getting It Wrong Is the Future of Design. It speaks to how innovative design changes often come from doing things that would be considered completely wrong. The article focuses on art, graphics, architecture, theater, movies, tableware, and even video games. Then I read this line “I was following the rules, then selectively breaking one or two for maximum impact.” and it got me thinking. What are the rules to collaboration and can we break a couple that result in better collaboration?

I’ve always been one for experimentation in trying different things, using various products, and embracing change. After reading this article I’ve been trying to selectively break a few rules and thinking about other rules to break. It hasn’t been easy, because there are many hard and fast best practices on how to collaborate. Here’s some of what I have come up with:

  • Forego physical meeting rooms: If the entire team is physically located in the same area could they be just as, or even more effective meeting virtually? There are a lot of remote workers and many teams at Cisco are geographically dispersed so virtual meetings are a must, but if a team is located in the same building many members will still attend virtually.  I can see benefit to this approach. People who couldn’t attend would simply review the meeting recording at their convenience and not rely on meeting minutes. The team could also move away from fragmented means of communications to using virtual meeting rooms (Cisco Spark) for correspondence. Since most projects involve shared input into documents, room based document control is a great way to provide visibility to changes without relying on a single person to collate individual updates and rely on e-mail to share updates. Perhaps the biggest benefit would be consistency in attending the meetings in the same way, but also being able to always have a place for ad hoc meetings and tasks while providing visibility to everybody.

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Cisco Marketing Velocity 2015: Final Thoughts from Sherri Liebo

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Wow, what a blast it was to spend last week in Montreal, Canada. With Marketing Velocity and Partner Summit running in conjunction this year, it was definitely a packed agenda. We covered a lot of ground from Monday to Thursday and I want to be sure you haven’t missed anything.

This week is all about catching our breath after a whirlwind week and giving you a proper recap of both events. I’ll be wrapping up everything in my Weekly Rewind blog on Friday. Today however, let’s look back at what Sherri Liebo (@sherriliebo) had to say about Marketing Velocity 2015, including how marketers can “Be Bold” with Cisco and what her key takeaways were for the event.

Sitting down to speak with Sherri is always a treat, and hearing her thoughts on this year’s Marketing Velocity was great. It was especially nice to see how excited Sherri was for the marketing professionals at Velocity to have the opportunity to attend Cisco Partner Summit throughout the remainder of the week. Read More »

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Cisco Partner Summit 2015: Edison Peres’ Takeaways for Partners

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It’s always great to sit down and speak with Edison Peres and this year at Cisco Partner Summit 2015 was no different. Edison took some time out of his busy schedule last week to speak with me about his new role in the Cloud and Managed Services Partner Organization, along with why the announcements at Partner Summit last week are so important to our partners’ success.

Of course, no one tells it better than Edison, so check out what he had to say when we spoke last week.

I’ll have even more information from our executives later this week, and we’ll conclude with a Weekly Rewind that puts a cap on all of my coverage from Cisco Partner Summit 2015. In the meantime, let me know how you like these one-on-one executive interviews in the comments section.

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Cisco Partner Summit 2015: Rob Lloyd Thoughts for Partners

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The wrap up week of coverage for Cisco Partner Summit 2015 begins with Rob Lloyd’s thoughts from this year’s event in Montreal, Canada. Rob and I spoke about the progress of Cisco Intercloud since its launch last year at the same event.

Rob was also gracious enough to give us some insight into last week’s announcement of the Cisco OpenStack Private Cloud Bundle. Of course we also had a brief conversation on what’s on the mind of partners and what Cisco partners should be sure to take away from Cisco Partner Summit 2015.

Watch my interview with Rob and let me know what you think in the comments section.

My wrap up coverage of Partner Summit continues this week with several other executive interviews and a wrap up blog in my Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind on Friday.

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