How do traditional, regulated industries cope with social engagement? Not so well, as it seems. In a series of two posts, I will explore the reasons that hold those industries back from becoming truly social (part 1), taking Pharma as an example. Between real constraints and irrational fears, various avenues of action exist (part 2) to seize the business potential of social engagement.Read More
Isn't it amazing that, while striving for growth and productivity, companies ignore a major resource? One that is already there – at arm’s length? Employee engagement is a poorly addressed, yet fantastic source of performance. Stop wasting your internal talents.Read More
A short while ago, one of my tweets was favorited and retweeted more than any of my previous tweets. It made me curious to understand why. Was there anything in its content that was particularly appealing? Any learning I could draw from this?
Corporate newsletters are hopeless. They are expensive, time-consuming, top-down and hardly read. Is there a possibility to re-invent newsletters? How can we make them better, using collaborative approaches?
Adoption is the pain point of social enterprise. While adoption rates linger at staggering low levels, critical success factors are endlessly identified, dissected and commented.
Among those is the “top management support”, often seen as the key to success. But is it really? Is it true that, to succeed, social initiatives must have a high level champion, possibly the CEO? Can a company become social if it hasn’t got its Michael Dell, a Chief Social Officer, or at least highly convinced top executives?Read More
Social is the new normal in business and organizations. It requires individuals to adopt new behaviors related to networking, collaboration, agility etc.
But is everyone “wired” for social collaboration, i.e. equipped with the relevant skills and mindset?
How much are you ready for new ways of working? Take the test.Read More
So…you’re a Disruptive Thinker. You work at a big company. And you want to make change happen.
I won’t dwell on the fact that you may be at the wrong place – a start-up may offer a better ecosystem for your disruptive thinking – but here you are: for many reasons, you like your job, your company, and you’re here to stay. You wouldn’t actually mind being even more recognized than today for the great value you bringRead More
Companies love Good Corporate Citizens. You know them, they never doubt the corporate strategy is the right one, never complain about their hierarchy, they always find the CEO "inspiring" and take pride in being positive.
GCCs blame or pity their colleagues and team members who dare to express any dissatisfaction with how things work – "immature" people that have to "grow" through better frustration management. Companies love those good soldiers and gratify them with all sorts of rewards.Read More
Large companies are going through challenging times, both from a business and organizational standpoints. These turbulences are hitting in a particular way old, large corporations because of their limited appetence for change.
Top-down / hierarchical / controlling and risk-avoidance company cultures but also lack of diversity in executive teams, intense competitive and financial pressure for short-term results, an increasingly complex legal and regulatory environment and stringent procedures for products development & production, are all contributing to the situation. Employee disengagement is reaching worrying levels, as if the current work environment didn’t provide the motivational aspirations and perspectives it did in the past.Read More