Change Leadership Challenge 4: Meaningful Employee Participation

Partnering Resources

Meaningful employee participation is important during change. A boss says to an employee, “Here’s the new process. There’s little opportunity for the employee to experience the satisfaction of learning as you did when riding your bike.

Enabling Early Adopters to Lead Your Change Initiatives


Now, I am certain you may be wondering by now about what tasks, activities, and initiatives this community of practice of social business ambassadors could be focusing on, while helping you and your team execute on the different change plans and transformation efforts you may be responsible for.

2016 141

Liberate Your Company Through Employee Engagement


that would be the one on Employee Engagement. More than anything else, because all along I have always felt that employee engagement is a myth. Employee Engagement, as we know it, does not exist. That’s one of the many many reasons why Employee Engagement does not exist.

Go Slow to Go Fast: Make Your Next Change Initiative Fly

Partnering Resources

Rumors start to fly among employees that the project is another “flavor of the month,” and so there’s no need to comply with deadlines. In the meeting, we work through the Power Five (five strategic questions that improve any change initiative or project).

2013 248

Socialtext 360 Connects Similar Employees - The BrainYard

Michael Sampson - Currents

Socialtext 360 was initially called Socialtext Radar, but has been renamed during the last few days.

Blog>> Two Pillars of Implementing KM Initiatives

Green Chameleon

A while ago, somebody showed me the results of a study on: what are the critical factors to make Knowledge Management initiatives successful? First, involve them early and update them regularly on the results of the initiative. Third, integrate KM-related KPIs into the appraisal targets ; do this for all employees but especially for the middle management. Implementing Knowledge sharing initiatives is a continuous effort in convincing and creating awareness for your cause.

Want to Trust Your Employees? Give Them All Unlimited Vacation Days


” … “ Give Your Employees Unlimited Vacation Days ” may sound all to unrealistic and utopian at best, yet, to me, it’s the ultimate goal for any employer out there around Employee Engagement: Trust your employees to do the right thing!

2012 245

IBM Picks Up Kenexa To Enhance Social Business Initiatives

Portals and KM

Kenexa has approximately 2,800 employees and operations in 21 countries worldwide. has acquired Kenexa in a cash transaction for around $1.3 billion. I know about a bit about Kenexa as they acquired OutStart , a company that provides learning, mobile, and social media services. I helped Outstart with their blog for about a year prior to the Kenexa acquisition in January of this year.

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Green Chameleon blog articles how-to guides events publications book videos about Two Pillars of Implementing KM Initiatives Are you implementing a tool for collaboration, document sharing, discussions, etc and you are not sure how to make it a success? A while ago, somebody showed me the results of a study on: what are the critical factors to make Knowledge Management initiatives successful?

Forrester's Bernoff and Schadler Provide Prescriptions for Empowered Employees

Portals and KM

The sub title is: “unleash your employees, energize your customers, and transform your business.” That is the proper sequence although your employees need to first listen to their customers as an initial step. The book introduces the term HEROs or highly empowered, resourceful employees.   These empowered employees can provide innovation in both how customers are engaged and how increased engagement can occur within the enterprise.

Mock Thesis Proposal: Personal Support Networks During Periods Of Employee Transition, Part 1

Collaborative Thinking

Social Network Sites (SNS) create multiple affordances employees leverage during their employment lifecycle. In this Masters Thesis, I examine how a SNS helps employees during transitional periods such as: joining the company, moving into a new position, and navigating through organizational disruption. My belief is that personal support networks provide a direct benefit to employees and an indirect benefit to the organization and management. . Abstract.

2011 152

Keeping a Closer Eye on Employees’ Social Networking Will Give You More Than a Headache


Have you read Keeping a Closer Eye on Employees’ Social Networking by Joshua Brustein? Or the one who fully understands what major benefits there are out there by unleashing the knowledge, expertise, know-how, experiences and informal networks of the entire employee workforce?

Notes on "Apply Strategy and Governance to Social Computing Initiatives" (NewsGator)

Michael Sampson - Currents

NewsGator hosted a webinar this morning on strategy and governance for social computing initiatives. reducing duplication of effort around social computing initiatives. (3) Question) "What about employee privacy?". A couple of recommended approaches: - when a new employee joins, put it in the code of conduct that they sign. for current employees, do an educational campaign to help them understand the benefits.

An Ant’s Eye Point Of View – Employee Engagement and Getting it Right!

Ant's Eyeview Blog

Employee engagement is often something that is being managed by individual managers or in the vacuum of an HR program. Employee engagement is something that needs to be activated across the entire organization and embedded and embraced at every level. Fully engaged employees will be more productive. A highly engaged employee base can be your greatest pool of advocates when empowered and activated. Internal Employee Engagement. External Employee Engagement.

2012 60

Four Rules of Leadership for Tough Times

Partnering Resources

This created a unique challenge: The 250-plus remaining employees had to service existing business while transferring knowledge to the acquiring company. To keep employees and transition the business successfully, First Allmerica Financial developed a robust learning strategy.

2014 211

Vanity Killed the Social Media Star


Collaboration Communities Employee Engagement Enterprise2.0

2016 281

Mastering the Art of Collaboration Through Conversation


If anything, they manage to destruct everything that seems to separate knowledge workers and put them all at the same initial level, i.e. no status, no hierarchy, no silos, just an opportunity to learn about one’s own collaborators before executing on the task(s) at hand.

2016 267

Becoming a Successful Socially Integrated Enterprise – The Long Journey


Enabling early adopters to lead your change initiatives. Far too many times I have witnessed, first hand, how plenty of really well thought-out and about-to-be-executed change initiatives get lost in the far too many intricate details discourse.

2016 204

Enterprise 2.0 initiatives and corporate culture awareness. | Gil Yehuda's Enterprise 2.0 Blog

John Tropea - Delicious Community

initiatives and corporate culture awareness. A negative : A caustic corporate culture can severely debilitate collaboration initiatives. The quick take was that Xerox rolled out an employee community for its repair technicians. initiatives and corporate culture awareness. |

The Beginning of a New Work Adventure – Joining panagenda!


2017 will, definitely, be a year of change and milestones, I’m pretty certain, but it’ll also be a year of excitement, of new dazzling opportunities for learning and growth, of discovering wonderfully inspiring initiatives to experience, experiment with and learn from.

2017 213

The Illusion of Control


Collaboration Communities Employee Engagement Enterprise2.0

2016 223

Online Community Summit 2009 - Initial Topics & Session Leads

Online Community Report

Social “ME”dia: Employees as Brand Advocates. The Online Community Summit will be held October 8th & 9th in Sonoma, CA. It is hard to believe that the Online Community Summit is now in it's eight year!

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Building a Solid Library of Use Cases


If you have got a chance to influence both behaviours and mindset you will have a great opportunity to witness your own change initiatives succeed n the long term. Collaboration Communities Employee Engagement Enterprise2.0

2016 201

Why so many community initiatives fail to take flight…

Ant's Eyeview Blog

A few employees blog and I guess there are some 3rd party sites.”. As we move from an era of experimentation (flush budgets) to one with much higher accountability for results (frugal investments), it’s even more important to look at why projects fail – and conversely why projects succeed. Plenty has been written on this, so I’ll focus on what is becoming the most common conversation for me with clients – I call it the “general purpose” problem.

What’s Your Purpose?


Justifying the existence of a Digital Transformation programme within your organisation as an opportunity to cut / save costs and become more efficient as a result is bound to fail on the second year of life of the initiative. Collaboration Communities Employee Engagement Enterprise2.0

The State of Surveillance We, The Good People, Are Creating


Brexit, the rise of Trump, the failure to support the peace initiative in Colombia, support of elderly white socialists, Universities are closed in South Africa by riots arguing for education and so on. Collaboration Communities Employee Engagement Enterprise2.0

2016 207

Large Group Ice Breakers: Free Twenty Questions Activity

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I’ve often see leaders simply blow off the initial icebreaker as a waste of time since it’s so hard to find a short, engaging, helpful activity. Employee Engagement Team Performance Image by Sheila Swan-Scot on flickr. Effective large group ice breakers can be hard to find.

2014 221

Resisting Change – Luddites Unite!


And it only starts with thinking that change doesn’t necessarily imply something negative, but something ( very ) positive, as long as we keep thinking that such change, or change initiatives, need to have the main focus on and for the people.

2016 186

Work Stream #1 – Learning Is the Work


Some of those clients have been small, medium businesses up to 1,000 employees and some other clients from major big corporations with over 40 or 50 thousand employees (or above, up to 100k). Collaboration Communities elsua Employee Engagement Enterprise2.0

2016 164

Never Underestimate the Power of Education and Enablement


That’s all you would need when putting together this enablement programme with an initial number of different modules based on use cases and business practices. Collaboration Communities Employee Engagement Enterprise2.0

2016 186

Happiness at Work Starts with #NoeMail


I am still keeping track of the incoming email volume and the great news over here is that when I was a salaried employee my weekly average of incoming emails usually was around 16 emails per week. Collaboration Communities Employee Engagement Enterprise2.0

2016 170

Change Leadership Challenge 5: Use Networks for Change

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Previous posts covered active, committed leadership , building a compelling business case , embedding change , and meaningful employee participation. “I’ll Make sure your next change initiative isn’t undermined by tapping proactively into your company’s hidden human networks. As a result, not only do influencers become invested in change, but the change initiative itself benefits from these knowledgeable employees’ insights. Image from

2014 184

How the Client Experience Defines the New ROI of Social Business – Finally, A New KPI in the Making


That invitation from CMSWire to write that article has also helped me frame something that has been in my mind for a long while, whenever I embark on the conversations of how do you measure the value of your own Social Business initiatives, and whether it’s time to go deeper, moving further beyond the overall low hanging fruit of just measuring the usage of social technologies. Very few people would deny that the client experience is defined by the employee experience.

2014 198

Getting the Message Across: Five Levels of Change Communications

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This tool, the Five Levels of Communication , provides a simple, intuitive, and logical method for planning and implementing communication during change initiatives. Change Leadership Collaboration Employee Engagement Leadership You told them… and they did the opposite.

2013 257

IBM’s Client Experience Jam Is Now History


Yes, I know, this time around, and contrary to other Jams in the past, IBM conducted this one for IBM employees only. Now, that is employee engagement, when you not only embark on a massive online exercise of active learning, but at the same time of active doing.

2013 274

When Context Transcends Change Management


What if we have been approaching change initiatives from the wrong side of the spectrum and we never realised about it till now when it might be a bit too late already? If you want to achieve change in a modern organisation, the last thing you should do is announce a change initiative.

2016 176

The Untold Costs of Social Networking


Communities Employee Engagement Enterprise2.0

2016 202

Social Computing Guidelines and Why You Would Still Need Them


Organisations need to become comfortable with their employees making good, smart and responsible use of these social tools, so they can put together a green check on their corporate legal records, and move on…. Innovation Employee Engagement elsua

2015 179

Teamwork Needs Healthy Friction to Collaborate and Get Work Done More Effectively


Well, my first initial reaction was to eventually mention the very first project I started working on at IBM back in January 1997, but he kept insisting to go even further back, before I started working in the IT industry. Collaboration Communities Employee Engagement Enterprise2.0

2016 173

How Social Networking Can Improve Work Meetings


but I am certainly more than willing to getting started with this new initiative, in terms of wanting to improve my own productivity by what appears to be, right now, my biggest time sink while at work: meetings, specially remote meetings.

2013 269

Why so many community initiatives fail to take flight…

Ant's Eyeview Blog

A few employees blog and I guess there are some 3rd party sites.”. As we move from an era of experimentation (flush budgets) to one with much higher accountability for results (frugal investments), it’s even more important to look at why projects fail – and conversely why projects succeed. Plenty has been written on this, so I’ll focus on what is becoming the most common conversation for me with clients – I call it the “general purpose” problem.

Herding the Smart Cats: Successful IT Change Leadership

Partnering Resources

Employee change management was an early concern and team members came together in the discovery phase of the project to identify stakeholder concerns. Employee Engagement. Change Leadership Employee Engagement TechnologyHerding the Smart Cats: IT Change Leadership.

2012 198

“If Everyone Jumps, Do You Jump Too?”: Using Social Ties for Change Leadership

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For example, a performance review might include an evaluation of an employee’s use of a new process or bonuses might be partially dependent on a team’s ability to implement a new system. After receiving five cards, employees could cash them in for a gift card.

2012 218