The New Workplace Weekly Digest 9/12

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Every Friday, we prepare for you a short digest with news covering subjects related to employee engagement, collaboration, organizational culture, knowledge sharing, leadership and the future of work.

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Here’s this week’s brief:

Configuration, incentives, training,…

…resource allocation are keys for adapting to the fast-paced world before your competition. There’s a radical rethinking of what it means to be an employer or employee and Kaihan Krippendorff lets us know about all the drivers that are pushing us toward this transformation. Read his post in Fast Company about the future of work and how the workplace is evolving.

Evangelizing for your brand and having a…

…culture of sharing ideas are part of the concept of social business that’s creating a lot of buzz. And it definitely sounds better than corporate propaganda. But talk is cheap, so Daniel Newman decided to tell more about the rise of the “Pretend Social Business”. And about the social business as a reflection of the buyer’s journey. Read his “Most businesses are far from social” article in Forbes to learn more.

Buying decisions around social software…

…are driven by issues like: business value, further investments, embedding social capabilities, usability, UX, fragmentation and due diligence. If you’re still not sure what enterprise social software is, David Roe helps by citing a Gartner report that defines it as “software that is used principally to support working in teams, communities or networks”. If you want to read more on the subject, here’s his complete CMS Wire article.

No, asking for help is not a sign of…

…weakness. There are many other misconceptions around asking for and receiving support and Lorie Corcuera evaluates some of them, demystifying all these assumptions that won’t let us practice this skill (yes, asking is a skill!) and build us as stronger leaders. All these fears related to asking are what keep many of today’s employees from enjoying knowledge sharing and collaboration actions. So you should read her Inc. article “Become a Better Leader By Asking For Help” and practice asking at work.

The transition from a start-up to a scalable business…

…is not only about the success that comes along with it, but also about different volumes of people and tasks that you will need to handle. The free-style behaviors that worked for your start-up structure won’t work for the organization you’re becoming. Shoulder-tapping interruptions are productivity killers, so getting a Q&A knowledge sharing platform might prove smart. For one of our customers, it did. Read about it in our blog post called “Lessons from our customers: When shoulder tapping is no longer a satisfactory knowledge sharing strategy”.

Happy Knowledge Sharing!


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