Engagement Matters

Stop torturing your executives, blogging is not all its cracked up to be

Posted by Steven Green   October 16, 2014

Over the course of the year I speak with many executives who work in progressive companies where social business is celebrated. Every so often I come across one or two who really love to blog. When asked about frequency, a large majority admits that they don’t have the time to blog as often as they would like and estimate that they post new content less than once per month. There are shining stars out there like Sandy Carter who I swear updates her blog, Social Media to Social Business EVERY DAY!

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Topics: idea generation

TemboSocial plugs into IBM Connections and takes idea generation to the next level

Posted by Steven Green   October 9, 2014

TemboSocial has introduced TemboSocial Ideas for IBM Connections. This new add-on plugs directly into a team site within IBM Connections and takes ideation to the next level.

With this add-on, you can crowdsource and gather ideas, surface the best ideas and comments, and the experts and moderators can curate the best contributions and provide updates on the idea (e.g. "In Progress", "Under Review", "Closed", etc).

Additionally, it includes detailed real-time reports to determine sentiment, where the best ideas are coming from (e.g. by geography, role, workgroup, etc) and you can filter by time to measure the impact of your campaigns and see the results of your promotions.

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Topics: idea generation

Brainstorming in the enterprise: Are there really no bad ideas?

Posted by David Bator   September 16, 2014

“There is no such thing as a bad idea” is generally the first rule of brainstorming. Ironically the thing that makes this rule necessary is that there are bad ideas - lots of them. The problem is that you can’t always tell a bad idea from one that is truly innovative. The process of brainstorming, rapidly building a list of ideas without prejudice, has traditionally been seen as the golden road to innovation.

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Topics: idea generation

Innovation in the enterprise starts with recognition

Posted by David Bator   September 9, 2014

When leaders start feeling like the organization is stuck and needs to make progress in some area they all too often feel like it’s time for some “fresh ideas.” David Burkus disagrees.

“In most organizations, innovation isn’t hampered by a lack of ideas, but rather a lack of noticing the good ideas already there,” Burkus writes in the Harvard Business Review blog. He cites research by Jennifer Mueller that suggests even the smallest degree of uncertainty makes people shy away from the innovative ideas they say they are seeking.

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Topics: idea generation

Media mention: TemboSocial recommended by Executive Social Academy

Posted by Michael Bertrand   August 26, 2014

TemboSocial Recognition was recently recommended by Jim Claussen from IBM over at Executive Social Academy. Along with the mention, Jim features two IBM HR Business Partners on his podcast to discuss a recent project: Mexico Engagement Week. 

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Topics: news & press

What your company intranet has in common with Facebook

Posted by Michael Bertrand   August 11, 2014

How many times have you checked Facebook today? Looked at the trending topics on Twitter? Liked a photo on Instagram? If you're like millions of other people around the world, these social networks are at least on your radar most days. From teens to grandparents, people enjoy keeping in touch with their friends, participating in conversations on topics they're interested in and seeing a bit of the world through someone else's travel adventures.

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Topics: social recognition

How do you recognize talented employees?

Posted by David Bator   July 29, 2014

Heroes, champions, role models. There are times when someone goes above and beyond the call of duty. Maybe she's the most reliable and consistent member of the team. Or perhaps he came up with an idea that streamlined operations and saved the company thousands. Whatever standard you use to measure excellence, recognizing staff members doesn't just make them feel good (though that's important, too). It demonstrates that the enterprise values its workers, provides examples and inspiration for other team members and can foster greater productivity going forward.

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Topics: employee recognition

Media mention: IBMConnections.com

Posted by Michael Bertrand   July 21, 2014

Tembosocial Ideas has had it's first review by Stuart McIntyre on IBMConnections.com.  His summary is that TemboSocial Ideas is "the idea generation platform that Connections has been calling for!"

 “Whilst Ideation Blogs in Connections cover some of the principal requirements, there are a number of areas in which other platforms have gone further…Therefore I am delighted to see TemboSocial fully integrate their cross-platform ideation technology, Ideas, with IBM Connections.”

 - Stuart McIntyre

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Topics: news & press

4 big reasons your social enterprise strategies are falling short

Posted by Michael Bertrand   July 17, 2014

Feel like you're getting nowhere with your attempts to build a social enterprise and motivate employees? Don't worry - you're not alone. Despite a whole lot of hype about the social enterprise, many organizations are struggling to see any real results from their initiatives. What's going wrong?

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Topics: social business

What does employee appreciation look like around the globe?

Posted by David Bator   July 15, 2014

In today's interconnected world, many corporations are going global, crossing borders to take advantage of new markets and setting up shop in various regions. For companies that span the planet, maintaining a consistent corporate culture can be a challenge, as can effectively engaging employees in all locations. However, with the right tools and strategies, it's possible to boost employee morale and keep performance high no matter where in the world you are.

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Topics: Driving adoption

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