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Asking and Doing. The Only Skills that Matter Anymore

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Last week my son set himself to the task of building a computer. He’d heard that kids did this, and he wanted a powerful gaming computer and his (evil) mother had told him that the price of the computer he wanted was (way) too high. So he either had to earn the money or build it himself.

He thought that building it sounded cool.

He sat on the project for months. Maybe a year. After several false starts, he found a viable parts list for an inexpensive computer. I ordered them up.

Jostle Adds Secure File Sharing, Viewing to its Intranet Platform

Jostle is adding a secure file sharing and viewing component to its existing cloud-based intranet solution to provide a higher level of "robustness, security and functionality," Jostle’s CEO Brad Palmer said.  Through an integration with Citrix ShareFile, Palmer said Jostle will be better able to meet the needs of its clients.

The company introduced a file sharing and discovery service two years ago. But as customer use of the search feature has scaled and the platform attracted more enterprise clients, Palmer said the need for a more reliable and robust solution became clear. So Jostle went shopping for a partner and ultimately chose Citrix, due to its reputation in the industry, Palmer said.

CMSWire Top Contributors 2014 - Deb Lavoy

2014-22-December-Deb-Lavoy.jpgCreativity and intelligence depend on making connections between disparate bits of information. If you haven't had the pleasure of meeting Deb Lavoy in person, her articles are a close second to seeing what this looks like in action. Deb pulls in references from art, from science, from literature and life and helps us connect the dots into one coherent picture of what great companies can achieve.

A Year of Employee Engagement Advice, Minus the BS

How a bold but simple act of respect helped turn one organization around.

Employee engagement matters. 2014 sent us a barrage of “5 Ways to Boost Employee Engagement” and “7 Things Great Leaders Do” posts, and many of them had some good nuggets. We get it. You get it.

There have been studies and data that most employees aren't engaged and those that are drive a remarkable profit. Their customers are happier and so are their bottom lines.

This Is Not A Social Network

2014-13-September-Not-A-Pipe.jpgWatching the livestream and tweet stream of #BIF10 a few weeks ago sharply reminded me that Twitter is not a social network.

It is a medium that connects, conveys and spreads a social network. It has moments of brilliance, hours of banality, and wondrous conversations sometimes slide into noxious platitudes.

Caveat Emptor: Are You Buying a Solution or a Science Project?

2014-11-September-Large-Hadron-Collider.jpgMost enterprise software is more like undertaking a science project than buying a product that solves a problem. Organizations buy a “platform” and have their IT departments build the “solution” on it.

A platform is essentially an Erector set with very poor instructions. Sure -- go ahead and build a motorized crane. If you a. know what a crane is and should do and b. know what parts need to be assembled in what order to do it. Otherwise, you’re just trying stuff.  

Your first few cranes won’t work very well. People will likely use something (anything) else they can until you have built a better crane. You have on your hands a Science Project.

Silos Divide Us, But Could Make Us Stronger

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. -- Michael Jordan

A silo is something that divides us from others. It is a set of people that is disconnected from other parts of the organization.

A functioning organization has a purpose and a mission to achieve. When people – increasingly recognized as the lifeblood of an organization, more critical than physical resources, commercial assets, intellectual property and such -- when people are divided, they lack a common focus and the intellectual, professional and personal empathy that allows them to act like a team.

Are Intranets Dead? Jostle Doesn't Think So

Are intranets becoming obsolete? 

No way, say officials at Jostle, the 20-employee operation that offers what it calls turnkey intranet software in the cloud.

Some industry estimates cite employee intranet engagement at less than 50 percent. Jostle, however, claims some clients report 85 percent of its employees use the Jostle platform regularly.

A Shift in Business Means a Shift in Notions of ROI

Social Business: 2014-20-May-Measurements.jpgThe Big Shift is indeed a big shift. Driven by complexity, competitive pressure and the end of the office building as the primary location of people and activity. The shift is primarily about three things: 1. Leadership 2. The new learning-collaborative paradigm of work and 3. Relationship with external parties -- the ecosystem.

There’s a problem here, and it's not (only) one of culture or technology -- it's one of profound impedance mismatch between old and new paradigms of business. That is to say it's like taking a Firewire connector and trying to plug it into a video cable. It doesn’t work, and finding an adaptor is pretty hard.

The Rise of the Digital Workplace

Business adoption of social tools may be subject to debate. What is not, is its adoption of digital. Employees’ sense of their workplace, workmates and tools for getting work done is increasingly digital. This is true independently of how social a company is or is not. The vast majority of employees only hear from their leadership electronically, if at all. Similarly their primary or only relationship with many of their peers may now be digital.

Is Collaboration Limited by Organizational Structure?

We've been seeking enterprise 2.0 and social business for several years now with some notable success, but still quite a lot of “vague” and some level of fatigue.

Complexity, Competitive Advantage and Embracing the Intangible

In 2014, business will embrace the intangible.

The first step is to measure whatever can be easily measured. This is OK as far as it goes. The second step is to disregard that which can't be easily measured or to give it an arbitrary quantitative value. This is artificial and misleading. The third step is to presume that what can't be measured easily really isn't important. This is blindness. The fourth step is to say that what can't be easily measured really doesn't exist. This is suicide. ~ Robert McNamara as attributed by Thomas Handy in The Empty Raincoat.

The CMSWire 25: Our Most Popular Stories of 2013

Top 25

It's a New Year -- the perfect time to take one more long, analytical look back at 2013 -- through a sampling of 25 of the most popular CMSWire stories of the year.

We have selected some of the best of the best stories, based on reader interest. The list does not include SharePoint related stories, a topic that warranted the separate ranking we shared with you yesterday.

So sit back, relax and catch up on all your favorite CMSWire content as you map your strategy for a successful 2014. 

CMSWire Top Contributors 2013 - Deb Lavoy

DebLavoy.jpegDeb Lavoy started 2013 off asking the hard questions (as she's prone to do) and has continued to do so throughout the year. Deb challenges us all to aspire to build something bigger -- to build a better narrative, to build a better business, to build a better world. 

The New Marketing and the Mirror of Erised

“Let me explain. The happiest man on earth would be able to use the Mirror of Erised like a normal mirror, that is, he would look into it and see himself exactly as he is.” -- Albus Dumbledore to Harry Potter

I am beginning a new journey in a new role as a marketing leader. As such, and fresh from a delightful coffee with @mpedson, I think we need to talk about marketing.

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