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For Better Collaboration Try Breaking The Rules

I recently read an article Why Getting It Wrong Is the Future of Design. It speaks to how innovative design changes often come from doing things that would be considered completely wrong. The article focuses on art, graphics, architecture, theater, movies, tableware, and even video games. Then I read this line “I was following the rules, then selectively breaking one or two for maximum impact.” and it got me thinking. What are the rules to collaboration and can we break a couple that result in better collaboration?

I’ve always been one for experimentation in trying different things, using various products, and embracing change. After reading this article I’ve been trying to selectively break a few rules and thinking about other rules to break. It hasn’t been easy, because there are many hard and fast best practices on how to collaborate. Here’s some of what I have come up with:

  • Forego physical meeting rooms: If the entire team is physically located in the same area could they be just as, or even more effective meeting virtually? There are a lot of remote workers and many teams at Cisco are geographically dispersed so virtual meetings are a must, but if a team is located in the same building many members will still attend virtually.  I can see benefit to this approach. People who couldn’t attend would simply review the meeting recording at their convenience and not rely on meeting minutes. The team could also move away from fragmented means of communications to using virtual meeting rooms (Cisco Spark) for correspondence. Since most projects involve shared input into documents, room based document control is a great way to provide visibility to changes without relying on a single person to collate individual updates and rely on e-mail to share updates. Perhaps the biggest benefit would be consistency in attending the meetings in the same way, but also being able to always have a place for ad hoc meetings and tasks while providing visibility to everybody.

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Keeping in Tune: Simpler Collaboration From Any Device

Did you know that the Guns N’ Roses anthem Sweet Child O’ Mine was originally written as a practice guitar riff?

A friend told me this as I recently struggled to play it, making sounds closer to ‘chopsticks’ than to one of the most famous guitar tracks ever created.

The fact that I was playing a borrowed guitar may have made it more difficult, though. Playing a familiar instrument is so much easier, if only because you know its foibles! Read More »

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How to demonstrate Inclusion in 5 Simple Steps

Last week, I gave an internal talk to our Cisco Inclusion and Diversity Ambassadors on “How to demonstrate Inclusion in 5 Simple Steps”. I am a firm believe that Inclusion and Diversity is not what I call an “extra-curricular activity” but is an inexhaustible tool that should be woven into every aspect of our culture and all of our interactions at Cisco, both inside and out. Read More »

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Cisco WebEx Meetings Mobile App now available for Kindle Fire

Get out of the office and still get your work done. Use the free WebEx Mobile app right from your Kindle Fire and take your meeting from anywhere that has Internet access.

Our newest app release allows you to participate with high-quality two-way video on your Kindle Fire by viewing the video feeds of the participants in the web conference and streaming your own video back to them.

Join, start or schedule WebEx Meetings from your Kindle Fire!

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With WebEx Meeting Spaces, Meetings are Better from Beginning to End

WebEx has always let you easily share information and files during a meeting but with the new WebEx Meetings, now you have access to tools that help before and after your meeting. And with a new free Basic account, you can start hosting online meetings today.

Get your free WebEx Basic account.

With WebEx Meeting Spaces, you and your guests can share relevant documents prior to a meeting, access recordings of past meetings, and initiate conversations in the space. You can also see if

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