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Cisco’s Empowered Women’s Network’s #reDefineCommunity Contest 2nd runner up

We are less than a week away from our 3rd Annual Cisco Empowered Women’s Network’s forum at Cisco Live and we have some exciting news to share!

Congratulations to Vidushi Sharma! After careful deliberation of all the entries, Vidushi has been selected as our 2nd runner up for the #reDefineCommunity Contest for the Cisco Empowered Women’s Network!

Vidushi Sharma is a Sophomore at Princeton Universiry and she is the founder theHOBMOB.com. TheHOBMOB.com is an alternative to traditional social media sites that focus on instant gratification and procrastination.  TheHOBMOB.com is a longform interest-based platform where members connect with people who love what they love. Read More »

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#CiscoChat Recap: Powering the Internet Transformation: Getting Broadband Where It Needs to Be

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When the “Gigabit City Challenge” was issued in 2013, civic leaders and broadband provider across the country began to rethink how faster broadband speeds could move beyond satisfying consumer demand for streaming and web surfing to fuel economic growth, drive innovative development and develop gigabit communities where innovation labs would drive new business and new industry growth.

The Internet of Everything (IoE) and the devices on it (an estimated 50 billion by 2020) are driving the urgency behind getting these high-capacity, lighting fast networks up to speed. But, questions behind how we prepare our networks Read More »

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#CiscoChat: Powering the Internet Transformation: Getting Broadband where it needs to be

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While consumers often clamor for faster broadband to address streaming or web surfing needs, service providers around the globe are racing to provide faster broadband to fuel economic growth, increase global competitiveness and bolster pioneering development. We invite you to join our #CiscoChat on Wednesday, May 13 from 9 to 10 a.m. PST to discuss this and much more.

In 2013, former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski issued a “Gigabit City Challenge” calling on cable operators, telcos and ISPs to lead the world into the “Gigabit Era.” As a part of this challenge, Genachowski appealed to civic leaders to assist broadband providers in accelerating the development of gigabit communities, where innovation hubs Read More »

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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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Social Leadership

Who says executives don’t use social media?

Here are some excellent examples of Cisco executives celebrating our Partners at Cisco Partner Summit 2015 #CiscoPS15.

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