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Adi Gaskell07/23/14
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Measuring your open innovation

Open innovation has been around for over a decade now, and it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that the metrics involved in it are rather straight forward. I mean there is often a very clear output that comes from the process, so you can easily subtract the costs from the benefits to get an ROI, right?

Mark Morrell07/23/14
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Who has the best intranet team?

What is the purpose of your intranet team? How many people should you have in your intranet team?

Adi Gaskell07/23/14
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The importance of breaks to your productivity

Use of social media in the workplace is becoming something of a tired debate, but a post I made recently highlights how it is one that still needs to be had. It highlighted how executives still regarded social media usage at work as something of a time waster, although they themselves tended to use it far more than their employees.

Christopher Taylor07/23/14
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How can you be successful without first defining success?

We’re way beyond the point where the world debates whether customer loyalty marketing works, which makes it a good example of a broader theme.

Adi Gaskell07/22/14
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How adaptable is your talent?

A number of surveys and studies in recent times have highlighted the importance of managing complexity to success in the modern world, whether as an individual or an organization.

Highq Collaborate07/22/14
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Real estate portfolio management

The iSheets real estate portfolio management solution is a platform where you can host all of the information about your properties (or a client’s properties) in one place.

Adi Gaskell07/21/14
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How do you spot the trends in your industry?

Back in 2012 the annual IBM survey of CEOs from around the world revealed that managing complexity was the biggest concern executives had. It revealed how CEOs are looking to better connect and collaborate – inside and outside the organization – to meet the staggering complexity of the challenges their organizations are facing.

Interact Intran...07/21/14
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Amazing speaker line-up announced for Interaction Intranet Conference 2014

Interaction Intranet Conference #IIC14 is once again shaping up to be the best intranet conference in the UK and something you definitely don’t want to miss out on if your role involves looking after your company’s intranet.

Adi Gaskell07/21/14
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When digital tools get in the way of innovation

There is a sense in much of the social business movement that the various digital tools and enterprise social networks that vendors sell are the panacea for great collaboration. Indeed, there is almost a perception that collaboration can’t occur unless you’re using these tools.

Adi Gaskell07/21/14
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Companies still chasing the digital dream

A recent survey published by McKinsey found that companies from around the world are re-investing in digital projects again. What’s more, much of this growth in investment is coming directly from the top, with the report revealing how CEOs are often the ones driving the digitization projects.

Interact Intran...07/21/14
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Animated intranet launch videos to excite and delight

Using video to promote the launch or relaunch of a new intranet is a great way to gain exposure and engage employees.

Adi Gaskell07/21/14
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Shuddle aims to crowdsource the school run

That the sharing economy has blossomed in recent years is hard to dispute, with a growing number of industries being disrupted by a sharing economy entrant into a marketplace. The growth in the sharing economy as a whole has encouraged a number of niche players to emerge that are targeting sub-sets of markets that there more established peers have gone after.

Interact Intran...07/21/14
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Top 5 intranet features you can't live without

Is your intranet being used frequently amongst your employees? Have you managed to get your least technology savvy employees on board and embracing your intranet in their everyday activity?

Adi Gaskell07/20/14
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Amazon enter the collaboration industry

The enterprise social collaboration market has mushroomed in recent years, with estimates that it is already worth several billion dollars a year. Whilst such a bounty has encouraged a wide range of entrants into the field, one that has stayed out, perhaps understandably, has been Amazon.

Christopher Taylor07/20/14
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As a golfer once told me — “Never over, never in”

Back when I lived in Spain, I never completely grasped the value when my friend Valentín used to say, “Never over, never in.” This is a golf mantra…a warning that if you don’t putt to a point just past the hole, you’re not always going to putt hard enough to get to the hole. The best golfers rarely ever miss by falling short.

Adi Gaskell07/20/14
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Is helping someone a conscious act?

Giving is at the heart of any social business. The very act of collaboration entails sharing your time and insights with colleagues inside and outside of your organization. Suffice to say however, we don’t always have work cultures that encourage those kind of behaviours.

Adi Gaskell07/19/14
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NASA continue to tap into the wisdom of crowds

As well as being an organization that makes, and does, some of the coolest things on the planet, space agency NASA have also been at the forefront when it comes to going about innovation in a slightly different way.

Hearsay Social07/19/14
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Creative problem solving and the evolution of STEM education

This week Hearsay Social CEO Clara Shih (@clarashih) had the special privilege of speaking at Fortune Brainstorm TECH, one of the world’s premier technology and innovation events, on the growing demand for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

Adi Gaskell07/19/14
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Why 10,000 hours isn’t enough to make you great

Earlier this month a Princeton study was published that sought to debunk the belief, popularized by Malcolm Gladwell, that expertise was something that could be acquired with 10,000 hours of deliberate practice.

Adi Gaskell07/18/14
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How to spot a creative idea

With most organizations striving to become more innovative, it would seem a good capability to possess is the ability to understand both how ideas emerge, and what a good idea looks like. I’ve written before how important it is that organizations understand the process of innovation, and that few innovations are truly revolutionary.

Jive Community07/18/14
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An Interview with Ryan Rutan

In the Jive Community, he has acted as the Community Manager, key app developer, and general rockstar Jiver.

Adi Gaskell07/18/14
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Using crowdsourcing to spruce up the supply chain

Last year I wrote about a report by the logistics company DHL that was advocating significantly better collaboration between companies over supply chain type issues.

Christopher Taylor07/18/14
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The customer experience bar is higher than you realize

Customer experience is going through rapid change. At the Forrester East Coast Customer Experience Forum in New York, the hot topic—and even the title of the conference—was “Why Good Enough Is Not Good Enough.”

Adi Gaskell07/18/14
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Ericsson aims to Get your City Networked

One of the more interesting trends of recent times has been the growth in so called smarter cities. It’s been a topic I’ve covered a few times on the blog, as there have been a number of projects that have sought insights from the crowd as to what a smart city should be like.

Adi Gaskell07/17/14
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The two faces of executive social media usage

I wrote a while back about some of the sillier aspects of work life, and in particular the continual refusal to adopt things that no end of academic and professional evidence show are worthwhile. Things like flexible working, getting enough sleep and so on.