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Manufacturing: Be there while staying here

One of the challenges all of today’s manufacturing companies face is global operations that require increased attention from a diverse and oftentimes shrinking or aging workforce. Manufacturers and machine builders are faced with challenges every day in terms of getting the right engineer or expert from her office to the plant floor half the globe away. If the plant is down or operating inefficiently there are huge cost impacts to the manufacturer, huge support cost to the machine builder, and just tremendous impact to the value chain.

At Cisco we have shaved hundreds of millions of expense dollars from our budget by using a variety of collaboration tools. These start with Unified Communications but they include tools like WebEx, TelePresence, Video and Active Collaboration Rooms. These all add on to the existing capabilities of Borderless Networks. Many of our manufacturing customers already use these tools and are successfully stripping cost from their Operations every day.

Imagine the power of walking into a conference room, pressing a button on the phone and instantly seeing your assembly operations in China and Germany, being able to share data with the operations people from both plants with your staff in Michigan. Finishing that meeting you can capture the action items via your interactive whiteboard, set up follow-up calls via WebEx (all without printing, by the way! A Green feature!). Then you can get a cup of coffee and head back to your office and handle the call from Brazil about the packaging machine that wraps half the skid, then shuts down – and you do that from your phone, finding the design engineer that is at a customer site in Australia. And you did this all without having to fly anywhere, and you had visual contact with everyone. Read More »

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Roadside Office: Anytime, Anywhere, Really…Anywhere

Do you ever have those mornings when you are certain someone has a hidden camera pointed directly at you to catch all of the blunders and bloopers you make as you diligently try to get from point  A to point B?  I had one such morning recently as I was making my way into the office.

The first call from my colleague came as I was pulling out of my driveway. A series of calls followed as the issue at hand bubbled up. With safety of utmost concern, I pulled over on a delightful tree lined street in our neighborhood to continue the calls. It soon became clear that I was going to be in my new roadside office for awhile.

This is where I get excited about the possibility of mobile technology.

Here I was in my mini-van with a sleeping infant, snug as bug in the back (listening to lullabies delivered by Pandora’s mobile app)…and I was tackling an issue, effectively, because I had all the tools I needed at my fingertips.

I watched and reviewed a video, sent real-time feedback to the editor and shared an updated plan with the team using Webex’s mobile app. No time lost, no interruption to the workflow.

I breathed a sigh of relief as I pulled away from my roadside office and continued on my way to daycare and then the office, knowing the issue that arose an hour before was now resolved.

You never know when or where you might  find yourself in your very own roadside office, and while it’s not the ideal place to conduct business, take comfort in knowing mobile technology will be sitting right there with you in the passenger’s seat…as you make those calls and close that deal.

Describe your roadside office. What technology makes it work for you?

My Roadside Office

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First Time Manager? Don’t Fail – Let the Blanchard Team Make You a Winner

In an economy that is struggling to recover, looking for a job can be challenging -- even if you already have one. Many of those jobs involve managing people which puts you in the hot seat not just for your performance, but also for how well your team performs. If this is your first time, you’ll need help.

Reserve your spot now. Register here.

Then Ken Blanchard Group delivers some of the best management advice in the world. They understand stepping into the role of a new manager—or taking on a new group of people is a challenge for even the most seasoned of professionals.

Making the move from an individual contributor to supervising the work of others brings a whole host of new challenges. As a new manager, it can be a confusing time Read More »

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Is this you? Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Managers from Mindflash [Infographic]

Source: Mindflash (click on image to visit their site)

Are you one of these managers? The folks at Mindflash have put together dysfunction at-a-glance that is essential reading if you manage people.

See the entire graphic here.

You don’t have to be a bad manager! We have some of the best and brightest -- including Ken Blanchard -- who have created some terrific WebEx sessions for us on the essentials of good management. These are available to watch at any time, simply click and Read More »

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Use WebEx to Raise Money for Your Cause: Social Giving [Infographic]

Source: Social Giving Infographic

Frank Barry at NETWITSTHINKTANK has published a compelling infographic that visually describes the power of social media to enhance charitable giving.

He describes this as the power of “friends asking friends.” A call out in the graphic notes, “Participants who use online fundraising tools raise six times more money than those who don’t.”

See the social giving infographic.

I know this has worked with me -- I feel good when I click on a friend’s Facebook post about a walk they are doing or a cause they support. For just $5 or $10, I can support them and their cause and it’s a win-win-win.

According to the article,

Overall, those who use social media tools at all increased their fundraising by 40% compared to peers. However, fewer than half of fundraisers tap into their social networks or use social media tools when fundraising.

Those are persuasive numbers. The infographic shows a host of tools folks are using to raise money and it includes hosting events and other online tools. That’s where WebEx can help. It is just another tool to add to your arsenal for social fundraising. Read More »

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