Can Working Out Loud Inspire Creativity and Inclusion?


Collaboration – for all the rhetoric – is much harder , and for many of us less preferable, than working in isolation. Today we’ve woken up to find the  UK has made a historic choice. A choice that could be interpreted as a desire to go it alone rather than working with others. To seize … Continue reading Can Working Out Loud Inspire Creativity and Inclusion?

Six Ways To Kill Email


Every week more and more organisations are waking up to the tyranny of email, and the part it is playing in the impending death of the office. We spend hours each week , up to four years of our lives, shifting low value (or no value) information from one place in our organisation to another. … Continue reading Six Ways To Kill Email

20 Signs You’re Probably Not Working For A Social Business 


If innovation is the most overused word of 2014 , then “social business” must be the most misappropriated term. Every other organisation I come across is claiming to be one. But what does it mean to be a social business? Altimeter Group defines it as: “The deep integration of social media and social methodologies into the … Continue reading 20 Signs You’re Probably Not Working For A Social Business 

Managers are waste: Five organisations saying goodbye to the boss


“Until there is a monumental shift in the leadership dynamic from the old fashioned command and control to a collaborative, status free, matrix way of working, then the debate about the need for an office (in the traditional sense) will be a long one.”  – Tracey Johnson commenting on Why The Death Of The Office … Continue reading Managers are waste: Five organisations saying goodbye to the boss

Why The Death Of The Office Can’t Come Too Soon


“We literally followed people around all day and timed every event [that happened in the office], to the second. That meant telephone calls, working on documents, typing e-mails, or interacting with someone. What we found is that the average amount of time that people spent on any single event before being interrupted was about three minutes.” – Gloria … Continue reading Why The Death Of The Office Can’t Come Too Soon

Throwback: Our Social Journey (So Far….)


Your life story is being told by the digital content you produce  One of the downsides of our digital lifestyle is that we simply can’t retain the information that passes through it. I couldn’t tell you what I tweeted last week, much less a year ago. Digital storage is changing our memories. We don’t need to … Continue reading Throwback: Our Social Journey (So Far….)

Social conversations: time to move beyond broadcasting


Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human – Aristotle That’s the intellectual stuff out of the way. Let’s talk about Instagram and social conversations. People sharing their passions and interests is what social is all about for … Continue reading Social conversations: time to move beyond broadcasting

Lessons In Social Business (via Vietnam)


6am December 29th , Con Son, Con Dao Islands I’m woken by the crackle of a public address system. It’s the Communist Party giving their twice daily update of the official state news. Welcome to Vietnam. I walk outside. The early rising vietnamese are up and about. Getting ready for school. Heading to work on scooters. … Continue reading Lessons In Social Business (via Vietnam)

The Value of Critical Friends – Guest Post from @ShirleyAyres


Only 17% of companies identify their social and digital strategy as “mature” – Brian Solis , The State of Social Business This is a guest post from a Super Connector. Shirley Ayres is one of those people who have taken advantage of digital to develop a new way of working – uniting like minded people … Continue reading The Value of Critical Friends – Guest Post from @ShirleyAyres

How social helps us cross organisational borders


 Social is no longer just about collaboration; it’s about unlocking the engines of collective knowledge, differentiated expertise and rapid learning across the whole organisation.  (In 2014) we’ll see workplaces and marketplaces fusing together like never before; enterprises will be thinking and acting differently in the context of social – Andrew Grill , Social Business in 2014 This … Continue reading How social helps us cross organisational borders

The Unexpected Benefits Of Becoming A Social Organisation


It’s little over two years since Bromford lifted any restrictions on social media and offered complete freedom to every single colleague. Our world didn’t end. In fact it got better. It’s almost impossible to remember what life was like before the wall came down. Hundreds of Bromford people have online profiles and blogs. Virtually all are members … Continue reading The Unexpected Benefits Of Becoming A Social Organisation

How Social Are Your Organisational Values?


One of the most repeated laws of the social web is that people trust word of mouth recommendation via personal networks more than they do advertising or PR. With that in mind , it’s odd that more organisations don’t harness one of the most powerful resources at their disposal-the people they employ. If ,for example, you … Continue reading How Social Are Your Organisational Values?

The Connected Homeless


“It’s amazing how nice their Smartphones are. Some would actually go without food rather than lose their Smartphone.” This quote is from a manager of a homelessness hostel.  Someone who has observed up close that, for the Connected Generation , staying in touch with their networks isn’t a luxury- it’s a necessity. This isn’t something … Continue reading The Connected Homeless

How Social Is Your Organisation? 5 Things To Look For….


  How social is your organisation?  Are you the life and soul of the party? Or are you perpetually in the kitchen? And what do we even mean by being a social organisation anyway? In his thought provoking post “Let’s get Sociable” , Phil Jewitt asked what role digital engagement could play in connecting with the public … Continue reading How Social Is Your Organisation? 5 Things To Look For….