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Welcome to the New Town Hall Meeting

April 23, 2014 at 8:27 am PST

In the quest for speed, how leaders are engaging employees differently

I recently had a Fortune 100 CEO tell me he wants to “flatten access” in his organization.  It’s a familiar theme talking to customers around the world, as leaders seek out innovative ways to get their teams executing faster.  More and more I’m hearing about leaders putting a modern twist on the classic “town hall” meeting format – sort of a New England-style public meeting and social media all mixed together – as a new way to mobilize their teams.

What’s at stake, of course, is the company’s ability to get to opportunities faster – faster than competitors.  Shortening the time it takes to move from a decision in a conference room to galvanizing action on a team is the most often cited pain-point I hear when I ask customers about their collaboration challenges.  Here’s the rub:  most organizations aren’t great at engaging their employees, according to Gallup – only 30% of employees feel engaged.

When we think of innovation, we tend to associate it with technology.  The innovation being demonstrated in the online, virtual town hall meetings comes in the form of employee engagement, shifting dramatically how you communicate to your team. At the heart of the innovation is the recognition that people need more than “goals” or “priorities” when being lead.  My friend Peter Guber said recently that people have a need for “emotional understanding.”

The new town hall meeting is intrinsically designed to foster understanding – and in doing so, mobilize teams even faster for execution.

In our book The Collaboration Imperative my colleague Carl Wiese and I emphasized Read More »

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National Town Hall on Cybersecurity

May 2, 2011 at 3:53 pm PST

Cyberspace has emerged as the “fourth commons” after sea, air, and space in the defense world, and a broad variety of private and public networks make up the critical infrastructure that enables governments to provide essential services. The network has become both a platform for innovation and a mission-critical resource for the civilian, defense, and intelligence operations of governments. - Cisco’s Don Proctor, SVP -- Office of the CEO

The growing number of attacks on our cyber networks has become, in President Obama’s words, “one of the most serious economic and national security threats our nation faces.”  Addressing these issues means working across the government, partnering with the private sector, and empowering the general public to create a safe, secure, and resilient cyber environment, and promote cybersecurity knowledge and innovation.

If you are, or want to be part of this effort, please join us at the National Town Hall on Cybersecurity, a provocative on-line discussion, May 24th at 1:00 PM ET.

It’s free, and you can register here.

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