Reflections from 2011 – Focused and Purposeful Social Networking

Luis Suarez

Of particular and relevant interest to this article I am putting together over here in this blog would be item #1 on “ The Social Buzz Wears Off ” where Alan comes to share this rather shocking , perhaps, too harsh statement: “ 2012 will be the year employees start hating social software “ Goodness! I mean, we have only been having social software tools for merely 15 years and we are already starting to hate them, as end-users?

The Illusion of Control

Luis Suarez

. The illusion of control is coming back, and it’s coming back with a vengeance , apparently, according to this article from Henry Mintzberg , who has been noticing, how, lately, most organisations seem to have put more tight-in controls within, and outside, the firewall in order to control what seems to be uncontrollable anymore (if it ever was!), workers, may have to blame ourselves for that to happen in this Social, Digital Age. We don’t need control in this Social Era , do we

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Collaborators, Cooperators and People I Learn From

Luis Suarez

Cooperation for the network era ’ is a highly recommended read, for certain, as it will make you think twice about the kinds of business relationships, contacts and networks each and everyone of us has been nurturing over time. ‘ Cooperation is a foundational behaviour for effectively working in networks, and it’s in networks where most of us, and our children, will be working. Online social networks and communities of practice cooperate.

Building a Solid Library of Use Cases

Luis Suarez

. You may still remember how a while ago I put together over here a couple of blog posts, where I was talking extensively about the Social Business Adaptation Framework I’m currently using when working with clients in their various different change initiatives as part of their own Social Business journey. That’s why the third pillar of the Social Business Adaptation Framework I keep using all the time has always been about building a solid library of use cases.

Social Business in 2013 – A Challenge

Luis Suarez

While I was pondering further along preparing my coming back to blogging I just couldn’t help reflecting on a good number of the various different articles that I have posted over here in the last few months, some of them exposing, quite frankly, perhaps too bluntly, at times, some of the various different challenges that Social Business, still today in 2013, keeps facing in order to provoke that massive business transformation we have all been anticipating for quite a bit.

The State of Social Business – A State of Maturity?

Luis Suarez

So much so that this time around I decided to keep quiet on the blogging front on purpose and, instead, enjoy and get the most out of the face to face conversations I have been participating in with a wide range of Social Business evangelists and Social Collaboration enthusiasts, amongst several other people. What’s the state of Social Business today? “, or, my favourite one: “ What’s the ROI of Social Media?

2013 – The Year of Social HR

Luis Suarez

Haven’t we learned anything in the last 18 years since we had the first instances of social software tools with blogs and wikis? At least, judging from that article Jeanne Meister published earlier on under the heading “ 2013 – The Year of Social HR ” and where she gets to develop further on a good number of different social media trends that will be affecting HR over the course of the next year. Knowledge Management Open Business

Pardon the Interruption … From Adaptation into Engagement by Luis Suarez #soccnx

Luis Suarez

A couple of months back you would remember how I put together a blog post over here on an upcoming business trip I was about to embark on heading to Prague, by mid-June, to speak a couple of times at the Social Connections VI event ( #soccnx ). And lo and behold, here we have got them, finally, available at the Social Connections Vimeo site and they are looking very good, indeed! From Adaptation to Engagement, Luis Suarez from Social Connections on Vimeo. .

Social Business in 2013 – A Commitment

Luis Suarez

Before we move further on in trying to address the final conclusions I shared on a recent blog post under the heading Social Business in 2013 – A Challenge , I thought I would go ahead commenting further first on that third piece from that recent CMSWire article that I published earlier on, where I talked about perhaps one of the most important, key concepts for Social Business to thrive in 2013 and beyond: A Commitment. Knowledge Management anyone?

One Month Anniversary on the New Job as Lead Social Business Enabler

Luis Suarez

I cannot believe that, in just a few minutes from now, I will be celebrating the first month anniversary in my new job as the Lead Social Business Enabler at IBM and I hardly did notice how fast and furious it’s gone by. Back in the Software Group the main hat I was holding was always along the lines of that one from a Social Business Evangelist. Organisation Change Management. That’s what both Social / Open Business seem to be all about, apparently.

Business Can’t Succeed in a World That’s Failing

Luis Suarez

One of my favourite topics du jour is that one of the Future of Work and, more specifically, how the world of Social Networking is helping redefine it by provoking one of the most profound business transformations we have lived through in our entire history. totally disengaged with (knowledge) workers AND their societies. Let’s ensure we get it right this time around with the little help and good effort from social software.

State of the Net 2012 – People Tweet Tacit Knowledge – Part One

Luis Suarez

You may remember how in previous articles that I have put together over here in this blog I have mentioned how, lately, I am going through one of those stages, where instead of participating rather actively in a good number of various different social networking sites, I’m now more inclined towards plenty of reading and listening what’s happening out there, then do a bunch of more reading (books, articles, white papers, etc.

Narrate Your Work, Working Out Loud, with Google Plus

Luis Suarez

Public vs. private vs. dedicated interactions – through circles -, offline social networking through text, real-time with IM, videoconferencing with Plus Hangouts , one of my favourite features, without a doubt!, are just a few of the capabilities that have made Google Plus escalate to number #2 position for yours truly of social technologies to enjoy nowadays. Main reason being that it’s much easier to keep up with than with other social networking sites.

The Future of Open Business At Stake

Luis Suarez

and Social Business, the social evangelists, were starting to become rather scarce and very rare to be seen out there on the Social Web. They thought that people would find it difficult to navigate if it didn’t follow the familiar patterns “ I guess nowadays it’s what most people would be calling Collaboration, but this time around happening through social software tools. I am pretty much in favour of collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Work Stream #4 – Speaking at Client Events

Luis Suarez

I guess there is another kind of unexpected thrill around freelancing that I didn’t think would be possible before, and yet it’s been one of the most rewarding I can relate to from my nearly three years long journey as an independent adviser on Social Business and Digital Transformation: speaking at clients’ events. After having written about what are some of my current work streams as a freelancer in the realm of Social Business and Digital Transformation (i.e.

Social Business – Rethinking Innovation, Organization and Leadership

Luis Suarez

Well, here is one potential answer to them all: Social Business – Rethinking Innovation, Organization and Leadership. I *love* it when some of my favourite people bump into those little golden nuggets and precious gems on some really thought-provoking subject(s), specially, related to Social Computing, and they share them across openly to inspire others to get involved in the conversations. Innovation Knowledge Management Learning Life Social Computing

Four Principles for the Open World by Don Tapscott #hippie2.0

Luis Suarez

And I must admit that, after having just finished going through it in its entirety, having noticed as well how it’s been all over the place in the social streams out there, I wasn’t disappointed at all, on the contrary. As a network, or as a community, interacting and collaborating with one another. The social good. Indeed, the original definition for Social Business. Today’s world, or tomorrow’s networked, interconnected, brilliant future? .

How the Social Enterprise Defines the 21st Century Workplace – Moving To The Edge

Luis Suarez

Yes, I am referring to the so-called Knowledge Web Workers. Specially, those folks who have made the Social Web their new home. Douglas keeps questioning whether technology (And the (Social) Web) are part of the main problem we have been having over the last few years in the jobs market with having less and less of them. Or the Social Enterprise. IBM Innovation Knowledge Management Knowledge Tools Learning Personal KM Social Enterprise

Reflections from 2011 – A World Without Email – The Documentary

Luis Suarez

Not only am I going to provide an account on what’s happened in the last few months of living “ A World Without Email “, but also I am going to be sharing a good number of insights on what’s happened around me, out there on the Social Web, and how other folks have been thinking, and taking action, too!, I know how at this point in time you may be wondering whether I would believe, or not, if email could turn all around and become a whole lot more social.

Community Management Fundamentals – Where Do I Start?

Luis Suarez

Knowledge Management, Collaboration, Learning, Social Computing within the Enterprise, Productivity, Work Life Integration, etc. So today I am putting a remedy to that and will start sharing the odd blog post from now onwards on what I strongly believe it’s one of the major drivers of social software tools adoption , both inside and outside of the firewall. Well, how about some Community Management Fundamentals ? Community managers anyone?

Social Media at Work

Luis Suarez

This time around Social Media @ Work. Indeed, this is a rather short video clip that lasts for a little bit over 13 minutes where you will see a whole bunch of thought leaders sharing their insights, experiences and know-how around the impact of social networking, not only behind the firewall, but also outside. And if you already have, show / share it with them anyway, as a good refresher of why living social matters.

Google Plus – One50, Two50 and TheRest

Luis Suarez

The truth is that I am ready to make plenty of blunt moves on redefining my social networking presence out there on the Social Web, and I will be sharing some further insights on that regard very soon, but one thing for sure is that at this point in time my blog will remain where it is. I would probably even venture to state that perhaps it will be one of the most critical key capabilities that this new social networking site would have to offer to the whole Social Web.

IBM THINK Forum – Optimism, Outrageousness and Smart Sense-Making on Leadership

Luis Suarez

This time around the pitch is coming from Carmen Medina herself (Former Director, CIA’s Center for the Study of Intelligence), where, over the course of a bit over 4 minutes, she comes to talk about some of the lessons she has learned throughout her career about being a leader within a knowledge organisation. On the topic of making sense of today’s complex knowledge world to try to make and reach the best decisions, as a leader. For any knowledge worker out there.

The Soft Skills of Collaboration and The Social Enterprise

Luis Suarez

Use It To Drive A Successful Social Business &# where she comes to confirm what a whole bunch of us have been saying all along for a while now; that for an Enterprise to succeed in living social culture is going to play a key role at the same time that online communities will continue to be the major drivers of social software adoption, both inside and outside of the firewall. Sharing your knowledge will relinquish your power, don’t you think?).

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Hybrid Worlds

elsua: The Knowledge Management Blog

of unlearning a few things in the space of knowledge sharing and collaboration tools. As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, I have been involved with social tools for nearly 20 years, when I first got started with blogs and wikis while working at IBM.

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BlueIQ at IBM Finally Goes External!

Luis Suarez

So, as I am ramping up the last few hours of my holidays, yesterday afternoon I found out, through my colleagues, that, after a long while, our IBM Social Software Internal Adoption Program is now ready to transcend the firewall and go external. made Finalist for @ profhamel ‘s Management Info Exchange “Beyond Bureaucracy challenge” @ hackmanagement ow.ly/8rAYW. You are not reaching an end line with social business adoption. ( Note: You see?

Living “A World Without Email” … in Google Plus

Luis Suarez

In the last few weeks a lot has been written about whether Google Plus is the ultimate killer social networking site of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or several others, you name it. I still think it’s a bit too early to be announcing the painful death of each of those social networking environments. Worse still, e-mail is a black hole for knowledge. And no longer just a social networking activity per se, necessarily, on its own.

Google Plus and Twitter – How They Work for Me Hand in Hand

Luis Suarez

I am back to making active use of one of my favourite social networking tools out there, where I have been spending a large chunk of time over the course of the last four years and counting. It’s now my top favourite social software tool out there on the Social Web, as I tried to reflect on a good number of different blog posts over the course of the last few weeks; something that didn’t happen for plenty of other social tools out there when they first launched.

The Hybrid Experiment

Luis Suarez

This blog, my personal blog, is my favourite and preferred Personal Knowledge Management system, as my good friends Harold Jarche and Bill Ives would say saying all along, and somehow over the last few weeks I am sensing how I am losing touch of that important aspect in one’s blogging activities and that is a very dangerous road I am not willing to end up at. the less and less time you seem to make for your own blogging efforts and general engagement with social tools.

Mastering the Art of Collaboration Through Conversation

Luis Suarez

And I don’t mean that in the sense of just cultivating, building or nurturing your social capital skills per se, even though we all know they are the key to success for the 21st century organisation , as my good friend Valdis Krebs once wrote about, but I was mainly referring about work related conversations themselves. More than anything else, because, if anything, as a knowledge (Web 2.0) ‘Work is communication and the network is the amplifier of knowledge.

The Future of Collaboration Lies in Human Resources AND Management’s Hands

Luis Suarez

A few weeks ago I put together the attached article for CMSWire where I tried to reflect on what I feel is the number #1 challenge for today’s corporations in terms of embracing a much more open, transparent, knowledge sharing culture through the emergence of social technologies behind the firewall. Yet, in a business environment, knowledge workers typically keep hoarding and protecting their own knowledge as an opportunity to not relinquish their own power (i.e.,

How to Use Employee Engagement to Boost Your Business

Luis Suarez

Over the last couple of years there have been a good number of really insightful , and very helpful, blog posts that have caught my attention on what , to me, is still one of the most important topics within the corporate environment and perhaps well beyond as well, without not necessarily even being related to social networking alone per se : Employee Engagement. It’s what the Social Web has managed to unleash and awaken from all of those years.

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Enterprise 2.0 – A Joyful Definition

Luis Suarez

and Social Networking for Business. What if we would be capable of demonstrating that the Social Enterprise can be a fun place , while still getting work done? and the Social Enterprise ) from the original one coined by my good friend Andy McAfee in 2006 to a whole bunch of others. Summit Fabian presented about Dundu , a collaborative research project that aims at helping teams become more effective around open knowledge sharing and collaboration.

2013 – The Year of Social HR

Luis Suarez

Haven’t we learned anything in the last 18 years since we had the first instances of social software tools with blogs and wikis? At least, judging from that article Jeanne Meister published earlier on under the heading “ 2013 – The Year of Social HR ” and where she gets to develop further on a good number of different social media trends that will be affecting HR over the course of the next year.

The Trials and Tribulations of an Independent Freelancer – Your Online Bio Profile and Digital Footprint

Luis Suarez

Interestingly enough, and over the course of that quiet period from the Social Web, I eventually spent plenty of time talking to people in my close networks about the massive change and what it could well mean for yours truly as I move forward into an uncertain, yet, exciting brave new world. And right after that realisation I had that strong, big ah-ha moment, while talking to plenty of folks in my network (And many more to come, I am sure!,

Working smarter

Jay Cross

Working smarter draws ideas from design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0 patterns, social psychology, value network analysis, anthropology, complexity theory, and more. Working smarter embraces the spirit of agile software, action learning, social networks, and parallel developments in many disciplines. Social signals.

Web 2.0 Applications in Learning

Tony Karrer

This is something that gets discussed as emergent: see Emergent Knowledge Management , Direction of eLearning - Emergence or Big System , and Future Platforms for eLearning. Question 1 - What are the most likely ways / places your organization might or does use Blogs, Wikis, Social Bookmarking, Social Networking or Collaboration Tools? DogEar – Social Bookmarking BluePages - employee-controlled profiles of 400,000 employees Daily online newsletter called w3.

From workplace courses to global conversations

Nancy White

Also From Workplace Courses to Communities (PDF from the Journal) From workplace courses to global conversations Nancy White and Josien Kapma A growing number of people and organizations in various sectors are focusing on communities (of practice) and networks, as a key to improving their performance. What are these forms for knowing and learning, and what are the ramifications for human resources management and development in organizations? Reward knowledge application.

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From courses to community: Josien Kapma and Nancy White | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Also From Workplace Courses to Communities (PDF from the Journal) From workplace courses to global conversations Nancy White and Josien Kapma A growing number of people and organizations in various sectors are focusing on communities (of practice) and networks, as a key to improving their performance. What are these forms for knowing and learning, and what are the ramifications for human resources management and development in organizations? Reward knowledge application.

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