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A Story of Survival: Cisco’s Brian Dickinson Conquered Mt. Everest

One year ago, I waited anxiously with my teammates Ray Bellantoni and Jennifer Carole to get word on our new friend – and Cisco colleague – Brian Dickinson. He was ascending Mt Everest.

Brian had contacted us about doing a WebEx from base camp. He thought it would be cool to put our technology to the test and Ray, who produced events, jumped at the opportunity.

Little did we realize Brian would become a friend we cared about in a very personal way. As we learned more about his journey, we started to understand the dangers involved in the climb and the risks to his safety. It was a nerve-wracking time.

Brian’s over all goal, to reach the Seven Summits around the world – with Mt Everest possibly posing the greatest challenge. We ended up holding three WebEx events with Brian where many of you joined us to learn about his commitment and drive.

Before, During and After the Climb

For me, the most exhilarating WebEx was the one he did from base camp. To see him nestled in the mountain tops, glistening white in the background, was thrilling. At one point, we had to pause while we waited for a helicopter to fly out carrying climbers who had succumbed to altitude sickness.

As it turns out there was good reason for us to feel anxious that day. Read More »

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Overcoming Collaboration Challenges: Free Webinar

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

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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