I was lucky enough to meet GE CEO Jeff Immelt at a Cisco event some years ago and interview him on the topic of leadership. My biggest takeaway from listening to him: leadership is about how you “show up.” In other words, it’s how we act and behave in everyday situations that define our leadership persona. I’m pretty sure he meant it literally, as in how we “show up” in the physical world.
But how do we “show up” as leaders in a world where work is increasingly done on a mobile phone or tablet, or using a video chat, web conference or Telepresence? This is one of the great leadership challenges of this hyper-connected world: as a leader you will need to know what I like to call your “Collaboration Persona” – that way in which your leadership style shows up when you’re not in the physical world.
How should you approach building your Collaboration Persona? Here are three steps:
1) Know yourself: Whether it is in the physical world or virtual, how we show up should authentically represent who we are. Click here to take a quick online assessment to discover your authentic communication style (Click on the green “Take Survey” button). This confidential assessment is a bit like the Myers-Briggs test and provides you with a customized profile of your unique communication style; it reveals how you naturally process information, and how you prefer to deliver that information to others. Most importantly, the assessment provides a simple vocabulary to communicate your style to others. Are you conceptual or analytical? An introvert or an extrovert?
My co-author Carl Wiese and I cover this topic extensively in the third chapter of our book, The Collaboration Imperative, entitled “Get Real about Communications. Click here to learn more about The Collaboration Imperative.
2) Know where you excel as a “Virtual Star”: Just as you play to your strengths in the real world, play to your strengths in the virtual world. Here are some examples:
- If you are a conceptual thinker, you will excel when the team needs someone to explain the aspirations of a decision, such as a vision. These thinkers will be good on video presentations during virtual meetings. It’s not that conceptual people aren’t good in online discussion forums where the medium calls for more precise language; it’s more about playing to the strength of conceptual thinkers – they love talking about ideas and tapping into that passion on video is a great way to play to one’s strengths.
- If you are an analytical thinker, you will excel at “making it real” when communicating a decision to your team. These thinkers are outstanding in virtual mediums where precision communicates best – such as online question and answer sessions and discussion forums. Again, it’s not that analytical thinkers aren’t outstanding on video, where the communication is sometimes more free-flow; it’s that online Q&A and discussions forums play to the strong logical nature of analytical thinkers – they love communicating the steps taken, the process used, and the supporting facts of a decision.
3) Get out there and practice on your medium: When you align your communication style to these new forms of communication, you’ll find it easy to participate in the increasingly virtual, mobile, social and visual work environment that your teams leverage to get better, more productive results every day. You can’t underestimate how your team will appreciate your unique efforts at participation in the world they live in.
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Tags: authentic, Carl Wiese, collaboration, communication, leadership, Ron Ricci
At last week’s iHT2 Health Summit at the New York Academy of Medicine, I had the pleasure of introducing Dr. Ben Kanter, chief medical information officer at Palomar Health, California’s largest health district. During his presentation, Dr. Kanter discussed the new $1B, 11-story Palomar Health Medical Center in western Escondido which opened for patient care on August 19, 2012. Called the “Hospital of the Future” by healthcare pundits, the new Palomar facility integrates key technologies, such as EMR, video and collaboration solutions, into an environment that uses nature, light, and outdoor space which work together to promote healing.
During the design phase, Palomar’s leadership team, including Dr. Kanter, worked closely with Cisco on the goal of creating a higher level of mobility and collaboration among clinicians, patients and their families. Cisco technologies currently in use include unified communications (video, WebEx, Wireless IP Phones) along with Unified Computing System, all tied together via a wired and wireless Cisco medical-grade network.
Dr. Ben Kanter, chief medical information officer at Palomar Health:
“The ability Cisco provides to tie everyone in the hospital together – patients, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, infection control, administrative teams – through a security optimized, mobile and video-enabled environment, will have significant, positive impact across the healthcare continuum. Now patients have greater freedoms within the hospital, without compromising their health, as they are observed both inside and outside of hospital walls. And the ability for our doctors to review patient information from a mobile device, and conference in a nurse and a specialist at the same time to discuss the case, will completely change patient care.”
We invite you to learn more about Palomar Health and to watch a four-minute highlights video about the new medical center.
To learn more about Cisco Solutions: Cisco Unified Communications, TelePresence, WebEx, Unified Computing System.
Tags: collaboration, healthcare, TelePresence, video, WebEX, wireless
Loose lips might sink ships is a propaganda idiom originated during World War II to bring awareness to the hazards that may be caused by careless talk of subject matter that could be potentially vital information to the enemy. As a US Navy veteran, I take this to heart and do my best to protect corporate data no matter how insignificant it may seem. However, social communication sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube provide new avenues of personal sharing in a social context that could have considerable ramifications in a professional context.
The other day I was talking to somebody about the challenges of publicly available communication sites and concerns on how to secure professional content from being openly shared. In many cases employees use the before mentioned sites to communicate internally or externally and often times may be sharing sensitive corporate data on these sites — not with the intent of being malicious, but because it seems like the right way to share information or they want to circumvent IT placed restrictions. He then shared a story with me of a coworker that posted a simple status update to a social site, something to the affect Read More »
Tags: collaboration, communications, facebook, social networks, twitter, youtube
Technology is changing the way we view both distance and virtual learning; they no longer need to be solo activities in which learners struggle to make sense of a text, or watch a documentary in isolation with nobody nearby to share and interact with their interpretation or help to critique it. One catalyst is video technologies – in both recorded and live formats and they are transforming the way learners engage with their teachers, their peers and the world to provide for a more collaborative, informed and authentic education. This does not preclude solitary working but, instead, offers the learner choice – choice as to whether they learn on their own or with others, either close by or at a distance. Learners choose whether to attend in person, from their home or another location via virtual classrooms or videoconference, or to catch up later by listening to a podcast or watching a video of the session – along with all the discussion, questions asked and responses given. They add their own responses by tagging the recording and ask further questions, point to resources that refute or validate a theory a teacher has proposed, and generally catch up with, and maybe go beyond the content their teacher or external expert has presented to develop a unique understanding of the subject which they then share back with the group.
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Tags: assessment, collaboration, learner choice, video, virtual learning
Part 1 of a 4-part series
A few months ago at Cisco Live in San Diego, I outlined Cisco’s strategy for networked video across service provider, enterprise, and consumer networks. I talked about changes in enterprise user adoption, the future of television, and how these markets will come together over time. We are in the midst of a major market transition and the way we consume video today will soon be a thing of the past. Take a look at my Cisco Live Video and Collaboration keynote and allow me to make a point here. This is the way we are used to experiencing video – in a linear fashion from beginning to end. I believe watching video in this manner provides an insufficient experience and will soon be as antiquated as watching a black and white film is today.
Experience matters. Capturing video for future reference and viewing in a linear fashion will no longer be enough. What if we could search within a video for specific keywords or topics that the speakers covered? Or skip to a particular speaker, like Michael Gliedman, CIO of the NBA, who joined us in the keynote? These are examples of some of the advances made in video over the last few years that can improve the overall experience. Let’s take a look at this example where we have applied video analytics to the very same keynote recording. These are just some of the capabilities possible with the advancements in our Cisco networked video portfolio and architecture.
Over the next few weeks I and others will shed more light on Cisco’s networked video strategy, which includes transforming Video Entertainment in the home, Video Collaboration in the workplace, and adding Video Intelligence to extract relevant data from video across service provider and enterprise networks.
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Tags: Cisco Networked Video Strategy, collaboration, enterprise video, medianet, service provider video, TelePresence, video, video entertainment, video intelligence, videoscape