Enterprise Social Networks

Letting Go – Embracing Imperfection

This post originally appears on Allison Maguire's LinkedIn. Have you ever written an email that was received by someone in a way you did not intend? I'd wager that scenario only had to play out a couple of times before you modified your behavior, reading and re-reading...

Don’t Let Your Inbox Rule Your Vacation

We’ve all dreaded an inbox of emails after a long vacation—or even just the weekend. Today, with enterprise social networks gaining adoption in small businesses and large corporations, it’s likely some of these emails are notifications from your enterprise social network, such as Yammer or Chatter....

Back To The Basics: The Intranet Is Not Dead

"Anyone that says intranets are dead, or can be replaced by enterprise social network alternatives, is ignoring the basic needs that an intranet fulfills…all of which our study showed were important to employees." -Andy Jankowski   Did we statistically prove the case for a social intranet? YES!...

Driving Yammer Adoption, One Business Team At A Time

This post originally appears on Microsoft Office Blogs. When I first read Gartner’s prediction that,” Through 2015, 80 percent of social business efforts will fail to achieve the intended benefits due to an overemphasis on technology and inadequate leadership involvement*,” I laughed and then, I cried....

Gamification: It’s Elementary

When I look back at my elementary school days, one thing gives me immediate anxiety: math board races.  For third graders, it only takes a few runs through a multiplication table for teachers to notice disengagement.  Much to the chagrin of my passive self, teachers...

Are Yammer, Chatter and others in Trouble?

It is no secret that I am huge proponent of, and believer in the power of, Enterprise Social Networks (ESNs). Being the Founder of a company that helps organizations implement and drive usage of various types of ESNs (e.g., Yammer, Chatter, etc.), I am also...

Why Enterprise Social Network Pilots Don’t Take Flight

What is the initial thought any leader or core team has when discussing the possibilities of an enterprise social network? "Let's do a pilot first." Several arguments can be made in support of doing pilots inside organizations: offering colleagues a chance to experiment with features and functionality observing how tools can be adapted into...