As Hurricane Isaac is about to make landfall on the Gulf Coast of the United States, I can’t stop thinking about Hurricane Andrew, who hit my hometown in Miami, Florida back on August 24, 1992. Hurricane Andrew, the third costliest hurricane, costing over $26 billion, hit our neighboring city of Homestead, Florida the hardest.
The morning of August 24th, around 3am, I will always remember very clearly. The winds were howling so loud it woke me up. The sky was bloody red. It looked and sounded like a really horrible scary movie. To this day, I can never watch horror movies.
The days that followed were some of the toughest I had experienced. My colleague Mark Rogers’ put it well in his blog he shared “Conditions were terrible”. Looking at the devastation of Hurricane Andrew to our State, our neighbors, our home, what was in front of me was pure sadness. After many, many weeks, school was able to resume in trailers. On the first day back, not all of my friends returned. I heard some decided to move away permanently while others were not ready to return. I remembered my homeroom teacher telling us to stay connected. Read More »
Tip #1: Use the white board to provide a welcome or instructions!
Use the white board to post an agenda, give dial-in instructions, list who’s attending and much more.
All you need to do it go to the Share > Whiteboard menu option and it will appear. The grab the text tool, choose a color and start to type. See the photo on the right as an example.
Tip #2: Share a photo (a.k.a. document) to make starting a meeting a welcoming experience.
This is the same idea but it requires a little more effort. In this case, you’ll want to find an image that conveys the feeling you want to establish. You can also use your logo or something with your brand so folks know they are in the right place.
Like most families, we are looking forward to the long Labor Day weekend. It will be filled with family, ribs, beer, some yard work, and yes, some Cisco work. And this year we will have a new guest. The latest member of the Barney family, Hayden, arrived just in time to celebrate Labor Day weekend. Although I am sure her mother is not looking back fondly on her recent labors, the rest of the family is. And we are all grateful for the healthy little girl.
But I will have to tear myself away from Hayden, ribs, beer, and yard work for, yes, Cisco work. But that won’t be as painful as it sounds. Thanks to the advanced technologies at Cisco I can work from home. The way I ‘labor’ has definitely changed. I can collaborate over videoconference on my Cisco Telepresence EX-90 with a few of my colleagues to finish up a project while never leaving my house. I live in Ohio, and while my team is located in San Jose, for a few hours on Saturday it will be as if they are all at my house – except they have to get their own beer.
Cisco has changed the way we labor in many important ways, but no more so than when it comes to clinical care. Cisco has created a platform with unified communications and video-based collaboration that is transforming the patient experience and clinical processes by bringing together physicians, specialists, therapists, patients and families together. This collaboration can take place quickly without anyone getting into a car, train, plane or boat. And it becomes stunning when you think about how this can impact the care of a child.
Imagine your child needs cardiac surgery. And he needs a specialist. But that specialist is several hours away from your home. At the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, Co-Medical Director Professor Martin Elliott, a pediatric cardio-thoracic surgeon uses information and collaboration technologies to improve the quality of care and the experience for the child and its family in a very meaningful way. Listen to Professor Elliott discuss the experience for the medical team, the child, and the family as they prepare the child for surgery.
Collaboration technologies can improve not just the pre-surgical experience, but the follow-up care as well.
For the past 14 years, Dr. Patrick Byrne from Greater Baltimore Medical Center Johns Hopkins University has been making annual trips to countries in the developing world, volunteering his services to correct cleft and lip palate deformities in children. However, in many countries, including Nicaragua, the required post-surgical speech therapy care is simply not available. Using WebEx technology, Dr. Byrne and team can now provide that specialized treatment remotely for the first time ever. Within just three months of speech therapy conducted via WebEx, the doctors saw significant improvement in patients’ speech. The online meeting technology also proved the perfect tool to train local providers on best practices for follow-up procedures. Listen in…
Sure, it’s not like the old days when summer meant no school and running around free, but like most people, summer still makes me feel like I have more personal time and freedom. It must be the extra daylight.
Even if I can’t have the feeling of summer, it makes a huge difference to me if I can work in different ways -- from home or even handling some to do items from the car.
One of the best things about the new, free version of WebEx, is that having a host account (yes, it’s free) means you can host a WebEx on your mobile. And that means I don’t have to be tethered to your computer.
Successful mobile workers tend to be resilient extroverts. They are open to new experiences and highly adaptable. And, contrary to the stereotype of the harassed and disoriented road warrior, they are supremely organized and independent-minded. With the right kind of tailored support, their productivity and adaptability make them superlative operators in an era of increasing demands and constant change.
In 2007, the Cisco study cited a prediction that “within two years, one quarter of the world’s working population will be mobile workers.” Not to freak anyone out but this was BEFORE Apple’s iPad was even released!
This morning, like most of mornings, I woke up, checked my calendar, and joined a WebEx meeting. After introductions and pleasantries, I listened and conversed with three of my colleagues. Then, at the top of the hour, the conversation concluded, and the group dispersed hurriedly to attend their next meetings. Employees repeat this process almost all day every day. This is how work is done at Cisco. Now, after having been a part of the process for nearly two months, I’m dreading the return to the seemingly archaic way that I work and collaborate with others at school.
This year, I will be a junior at the University of Oregon, and I’m working towards a degree in International Studies with a focus in Business- Marketing. Currently, I’m working as an intern for Cisco’s education marketing team. Read More »