I’m always astounded by two facts: first, how few employees feel engaged with their organizations; and second, the number one reason people leave a job is their manager. Ok, I’m astounded by one more fact: 75% of the companies on the Fortune 500 from 25 years ago aren’t on the list any more.
Said another way, a smaller percentage of managers are inspiring their employees to achieve greatness than those who aren’t – by a long shot. It’s the tough reality. That’s what makes The Social Employee by Cheryl Burgess and Mark Burgess such an interesting book to read. (In open disclosure, my colleague Jeremy Hartman and I were asked to contribute a chapter on Cisco to the book.)
When I read how companies like Southwest Airlines, IBM and DOMO invest in social media to drive their employees to the priorities of the business, a light bulb when off in my head: there is a galactic difference between alignment and engagement,
Alignment is driven by “what” you need to do;
Engagement is based more on understanding “why” something is important to do.
Unless you satisfy the “why” you won’t get to the “what” as fast or as effectively. This is a mindset for Read More »
How would you define ‘digital’? As a communication channel or method? A convenience enabler? 1s & 0s? The inverse of analog? Bits versus atoms? Something we can no longer live without?
I am often asked ‘what is digital’? … ‘is it just our website, or broader than that?’ … ‘what exactly do you mean?’
So, I asked around to find out the word-on-the-street around ‘digital’. I was impressed with how many different, nuanced, and insightful answers I was given on the definition — I had to put it all together into a video in order to capture the rich and diverse viewpoints. In the video, you can learn what others think ‘digital’ is, as well as how we define it.
Watch the video to see how our colleagues and members of the public describe it; listen to hear if your definition is included; and let me know whether you’d add a different perspective.
It’s hard to believe another calendar year is coming to an end less than 2 months. I’m amazed at the pace of which digital and social media continue to evolve and get excited when I think of what 2014 might bring in the way of further surprises.
Social media strategies differ for all companies and we all know the key to social is to have great content to amplify. So what happens when you have a team that not only produces great content but also has great social media tactics? Awards! Congratulations to Cisco’s Corporate Communications Social Media team for two big wins. Our small and mighty team of 11 won two PR News Awards. One for “Best Podcast-Videocast” for the “My Networked Life: True Stories from a Connected World” video series and the other for “Digital PR Team of the Year.”
PR News States: “Cisco Systems’ team is a tour de force of organized, systematic, digital innovation. The company’s core objective, creating continuous innovation, is seen in many ways. The team of 11 employees combines that objective—innovation—with an initiative to reach and connect with a broader audience, and position Cisco as a thought leader in the digital space.”
Our team takes a different approach to what we do – using a brand journalism model we focus on great storytelling and creative social amplification. Together we think it’s a winning combination. See for yourself here on The Network, Cisco’s Technology News Site.
I have written many blogs over the years but never have I had so much trouble finding the right words as with this post. All kinds of thoughts are rushing through my head at a million miles per hour and I can’t seem to hold on to any of them. Then I take a deep breath and here it goes: today is my last day at Cisco.
I have had a great dance. I am so grateful for the people and organizations that have come into my life – both virtually and physically, – and for the memories they have given me. I have waltzed through some unforgettable experiences and cha cha’d my way to having the privilege of leading a team I’ll be forever proud of.
As I take my last bow as a Cisco employee, I want to thank you for all your support, for reading my blogs, for sharing and commenting on them, and for engaging with me in other ways. I also want to thank all who have participated or are participating in any of the programs or activities that my team has built. There are several but I would like to highlight three: Read More »