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Cisco Brings Home 3 #PRWeekAwards, aka “The PR Oscars”

March 8, 2013 at 12:03 pm PST

“Never get hard work confused with results.” – John Chambers, Cisco Chairman and CEO

Last night in New York City, the Cisco PR team won three of the most prestigious awards in the Public Relations industry at PRWeek’s PR Awards. We won the corporate branding campaign of the year, the In-House PR team of the year, and the overall PR campaign of the year (this is the overall winner of the other winning campaigns). Thank you PRWeek and all the judges for the recognition.

David McCulloch and I co-lead this great team and we couldn’t be more proud of this team recognition (and, we, of course, have to give much credit and guidance to our great boss, Karen Tillman, VP and Chief Communication Officer at Cisco – PRWeek PR Professional of the Year Honorable Mention). We also entered the corporate campaign of the year with our agency partners Text100 and Brunswick and, clearly, they get their due credit for helping us on our PR journey.

What is the definition of Public Relations? The Cisco PR team took a crack at defining PR and came up with this:

“Public Relations is knowing what to say; when to say it; how to say it; where to say it; whom to say it to, to promote and protect the client’s reputation.”

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DHCPv6 in the Cloud – DHCP Performance Testing and Results

As service providers move to cloud-based services, their IP addressing management system must operate efficiently in the virtualized environment of the cloud.  And within the cloud environment, these systems for DHCP, DNS and IP address management must also be fast. For example, many organizations have expressed a concern that poor DHCP performance could be the weak link when thousands of customers come back online after a failure event.  If DHCP address requests are handled in a slow or scattered manner, servers will not be able to service all requests in a timely fashion.

Another requirement for IP address management systems is support for IPv6, as the depletion of IPv4 addresses has led to many organizations finding themselves facing a rather accelerated and mandatory migration to IPv6 (read: yesterday’s World IPv6 Launch). While one of IPv6’s promises was the elimination of the need for DHCP, the reality is that centralized network management has made DHCPv6 a necessity.  DHCP allows network devices to Read More »

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On-Boarding: How to Shorten Ramp-up Times for Employees

Research shows that when managers get involved the process of bringing a new employee up-to-speed, the new hire learns what they need to know much faster.  That means you get a team member who can deliver results that much sooner.

But how is it done? Find out in this terrific webinar from the Ken Blanchard team.

Register now.

In many organizations, on-boarding is little more than making sure new people feel comfortable in the department. That only gets you so far. Master Certified Coach Madeleine Homan-Blanchard will share three strategies managers Read More »

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What is the value of collaboration?

In my last blog, we explored the definition of collaboration.  I appreciate all of the interesting comments and suggestions. Keep them coming!

In this blog, I’d like to address my second observation about collaboration, and that is what’s its value?  And, where should you focus?

When I speak to audiences, I sometimes ask, “Who thinks collaboration is a good thing to do?”   Almost everyone raises their hand. But when I ask WHY should they do it, the answer is not as clear.  The fact that the definition of collaboration can have so many meanings defining the value of collaboration really becomes complex. Since it means different things to different people so does determining the value proposition.

In its simplest form, the only reason any one of us should collaborate in any endeavor inside or outside our companies is to PRODUCE GREAT RESULTS!   Yes, we are working together toward common goals or being an active member of a community with common interests, but in the end, the reason you should collaborate is all about producing results.

Now let’s address the second question. If you had a magic wand that could deliver effective collaboration across your enterprise, where would you focus? What areas would you want to collaborate most to produce the greatest results?

I would point the magic wand (I have to stop watching Harry Potter movies with my daughter) in these areas:

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Independent Study Finds WebEx “Most Advanced Solution for Web Conferencing”

Miercom, a privately held network consultancy, specializing in networking and communications-related product testing and analysis, conducted a report on the most popular web conferencing applications. Based on testing across a variety of variables, Miercom concluded WebEx “was overall the most advanced and best solution for handling web conferencing.”

Download the report.

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