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The Road to Becoming A Social Business #SMWSF #SMWCisco

January 24, 2012 at 5:56 pm PST

If you have browsed the Social Media Week agenda, your eyes have probably caught a panel discussion on The Road to Becoming A Social Business. We’re thrilled to have Michael Brito (@britopian), SVP Edelman Digital and author of the book, Smart Business, Social Business moderate this panel with Adobe, SAP, Wells Fargo and Intel. We’re going to cover questions such as: How do you hold people accountable? How do you organize for social? How do you create or find content that make great stories? How do you encourage content innovation and experimentation while protecting your brand? How do you scale? And many more questions along the same lines. In addition to the discussion, our panelists will leave you with some practical tips you can take back with you right away. If you plan to attend this session live or on the Cisco UStream channel, be ready to ask your questions in person or via social media using the #SMWCisco hash tag. (Note: the hash tag for the entire week is #SMWSF but we have set up a hash tag specific to our day at Cisco to help better navigate through the questions related to our event.)

Drum roll please… immediately following the panel, Michael will be signing his book, Smart Business, Social Business. The book walks you through the internal transformation of organizations into a social business and describes the key factors to be considered in this evolution. To learn more, check out our video interview with Michael. (By the way, we had a great time shooting the video interview. Check out a video montage of bloopers below.)

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Get Your Social On! #SMWSF #SMWCisco

January 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm PST

What are you doing on February 14, 2012? Mark your calendar for a date with us! Cisco is hosting a day on The Social Enterprise (Part 1) as part of Social Media Week, a week-long event series dedicated to what else…social media. You can join this event live or via our UStream channel. Registration for the live event is required and hurry because space is limited for this free event. (Advance registration for the UStream channel is not needed). The hash tag for the entire week is #SMWSF but for our day at Cisco, we will be using the #SMWCisco hash tag to monitor and respond to questions related to our event. If you want to chat with us, send your tweet to @CiscoSocial.

As we’re getting ready, we will share with you some behind-the-scenes doodling and words of wisdom from our distinguished speakers. Let’s get started.

In his recent report “A Strategy for Managing Social Media Proliferation”, Jeremiah Owyang (@jowyang) urges companies to follow 5 pragmatic steps. As you walk through these steps, you’ll find that executive buy-in and support are critical in wide-scale social media adoption. In his afternoon session, Jeremiah will explore how today’s modern executives are using social media to lead, connect with customers and forge their company through their industry. Secondly, he’ll explore what business teams inside of a company require in order to be successful as they build their programs. Read More »

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Watch the NBA D-League Score with Cisco WebEx [video]

Sixteen teams in different locations participated in this year’s NBA Development League Draft using Cisco WebEx as their connection to players and coaches to see and be seen! From California to Texas, to Nevada to Maine, everyone was connected either by computer or mobile device to experience the excitement of the draft.

The draft was held on November 3, 2011. It was a two hour event with eight rounds and a total of 128 picks. Participants joined WebEx from their homes, office and a few were at draft parties in restaurants. Those with webcams were able to share their reactions while others could watch from their computer or mobile phones -- even iPads!

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Don’t Kill Employee Motivation: Blanchard Team Presents Delivering Feedback that Gets Results

Providing good feedback does not occur naturally or by default. To provide effective feedback, leaders must learn, develop, and cultivate fundamental skills. Organizations that do not address these fundamental skills risk creating an environment where people fail to observe, reflect and self-correct their behavior.

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In 1998, Fast Company wrote an article on employee feedback and over ten years ago managers faced the same problems:

Too many leaders still treat feedback as a once-a-year event, rather than an ongoing discipline. “Doing annual appraisals is like dieting only on your birthday and wondering why you’re not losing weight,” cracks Saunier. Too many leaders confuse feedback with paperwork. “Filling out a form is inspection, not feedback,” says Kelly Allan, senior associate of Kelly Allan Associates Ltd., a consulting firm based in Columbus, Ohio whose clients have included Boeing, Paramount Pictures, and IBM. “History has taught us that relying on inspections is costly, improves nothing for very long, and makes the organization less competitive.”

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Are You an Agile Worker? How to Successfully Work Remotely

It’s your dream.

On occasion, you would love to get up a little later, not rush to shower and get dressed, have a decent breakfast and avoid jumping in the car and dealing with traffic. You know you’d be more productive working at home, pounding away without interruptions. You are wearing your comfy day-jammies because you don’t have to dress to impress.

How do you make it happen? (Learn more first hand at this free event.)

The answer is becoming an “agile worker”.

“An Agile Worker operates from any convenient location. They may use a desk in the office or a casual drop-in space designed for short micro-working spells. They are often found working in a public space with WiFi access or whilst travelling using mobile GPRS or 3G connected devices. Some are road warriors staying in hotels, moving from meeting to meeting and working throughout the day as and when they can gain access to networks. Agile Workers also work from home usually on an occasional (say one or two days in 10) basis.” -- Steve Gillies, BT Viewpoint

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