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Overcoming Collaboration Challenges: Free Webinar

May 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm PST

Collaboration isn’t always easy. Admittedly, that’s not groundbreaking news.

Free Online Seminar: Wednesday, May 16th at 10 a.m., Pacific

When we were kids, my little brother and I collaborated only when absolutely necessary and only when there was mutual benefit in the end result. Eating broccoli, for instance. We grew up in a “we serve it, you eat it” house. Little brother, being a renegade in many ways from the start, preferred the broccoli stems to the flowers. I preferred the flowers. A simple collaboration and we both accomplished the task necessary to be excused from the table. When it came to eating liver, however, there was no such deal to strike. And, as little brother discovered, climbing a tree to avoid eating liver was not a solution. And cold liver? Worse.

Come to think of it, that’s not too different from business organizations. Read More »

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Free Blanchard Webinar – Leading from Any Chair in the Organization

Leadership is not reserved for the people at the top of an organization.

For a team or organization to truly move forward in an aligned and synergistic way, everyone has to be involved and feel that they can contribute in a meaningful way—no matter their role.

You can make a difference and tap your leadership skills. Learn how in this free WebEx webinar on Wednesday, May 23.

Register now. [Post event, click here to listen to the recording.]

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Eight Great Icebreakers for Online Meetings

This blog comes at the request of a tweet from @AlisonScammell.

“I’m looking at #webinar ice breaker ideas. Does anyone have any suggestions? #webex”

What a great question!

WebEx is incredibly useful for online meetings, but bringing a group of people together across time zones in remote locations can present some challenges when it comes to warming up the room. We posted some tips last week for adding color to your meetings which creates a mood. And we’ve talked about using polls and the whiteboard.

But what else can you do to get things moving? Here are 15 ideas that we think are well suited for online meetings or webinars. Read More »

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Strategic Leadership community provides one-stop shop for all event, post-event, and related materials

April 25, 2012 at 9:00 am PST

Each year Cisco’s Strategic Leadership Experience brings together senior managers, directors, and executives across the company globally,  to engage with each other and align to business priorities through various sessions and other interactions. This multiday event requires a heavy amount of pre-work, communications, and generates a wealth of presentations, video, and other content that needs to be housed for easy access by event attendees as well as those unable to attend.
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Five Things You Can Do To Support Your Team Right Now

It’s not enough just to hire the best people for your business; good managers become their guide, coach and cheerleader as well.

Your employees want to do well and you have the opportunity to help them. Here are five things you can do to encourage them. When you are getting the best out of everyone on your team, you will also succeed.

1. Give Your Team a Clear Purpose

How your business performs is by and large dependent on its people, and those people need to know that their individual goals are helping move the company forward.

Derek Johnston, senior executive at the Centre for Competitiveness, recommends that all team members need to know exactly what they are trying to do, just as a sports team agrees what the objective is (get the ball in the net, cross the line first). This is one of the first things you can do to make team members work effectively.

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