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Collaboration: Empower, Engage, Innovate

For organizations, the importance of tapping more deeply into their human capital – unlocking the potential each person brings to the table — has never been greater.  In my previous blog post, I touched on how Cisco believes people working together can achieve extraordinary things.  The challenge is how to best bring them together as participants in a global economy, who may not physically be in the same place at the same time.  This requires organizations to:

  • Empower their people to work their way — where, when and how they want — without limits.
  • Engage their people by providing the right collaboration tools so they can stay more connected with their peers and other organizations, which in turn allows them to …
  • Innovate as they foster better relationships and become more creative in developing new products, solutions and process that help their organizations

As the range of available collaboration technologies has continued to broaden, the focus for IT has begun to swing Read More »

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Creating the Right Environment for Innovation

From the IT Executive Symposium at Cisco Live 2012

When you strip away all the hype and emotion around the word “innovation,” you end up with a simple but powerful concept: Innovation is about doing something new that creates value. Innovation isn’t just important—it’s critical to a company’s growth and success.

In his keynote at Cisco Live 2012, Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers discussed the importance of being able to capitalize upon market transitions. This requires both innovation (the ability to adapt) and agility (the ability to change quickly, to be flexible). One of the most interesting comments I heard was in the IT Executive Symposium, where several discussions focused on dealing with today’s economic uncertainties. The point was made that innovation most often occurs when we find ourselves deeply challenged. As Jeff DeGraff, professor of business management at the University of Michigan stated, “That is when the risk-reward model is inverted.” Read More »

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