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Social Media is Here to Stay, Is Your Company Ready? Great Teamwork Begins with a Social Contract. Today’s workplace is in the midst of a massive shift.

Great Teamwork Begins with a Social Contract

The recent advancements in business technology allowing remote teams to work together, and the ever increasing telecommuting effect makes this an exciting time to live and work in. Despite all these changes, one challenge has always plagued managers: how can I create a positive, effective teamwork? Team norms exist whether openly stated or not. Positive or negative, it impacts a team’s ability to function. The task of molding groups of employees into powerful teams is no easy task. The social contracts Riordan and O’Brien mention are a far cry of the “set in stone” variety that most are probably familiar with.

One of the benefits of creating a team social contract is that it eliminates a lot of the uncertainty that exists within most teams. Three Truths about Business Collaboration. Like most companies these days, Mindjet uses a variety of collaboration tools to get things done.

Three Truths about Business Collaboration

In an effort to better understand the inner workings of those processes, I sat down with the users themselves – real Mindjet employees — and asked for feedback. Here are three truths that our round table yielded: 4 Tips To Create A Collaborative Culture. Between growing workplace diversity (see this month’s e-book), geographical dispersion, and organization changes getting individuals to collaborate is no small feat.

4 Tips To Create A Collaborative Culture

Research shows that employees view collaboration as an essential element to accomplish their daily work. Yet despite this common agreement, productive collaboration manages to elude most organizations. As I’ve previously discussed, just because you have purchased collaboration tools does not mean that collaboration will occur. It’s difficult to motivate people to want to change their habits. Enterprise Collaboration Take Two: Social Task Management. Back when it seemed like every business was drinking Facebook’s Kool-Aid, I heard a really compelling argument for modeling collaboration software after Mark Zuckerberg’s baby: it essentially eliminated the learning curve.

Enterprise Collaboration Take Two: Social Task Management

It makes sense, right? Integrating new platforms into existing workflows has earned a pretty crappy reputation over the years. Deployment is complicated, it takes time and money to train people, and not everyone adjusts at the same rate. It's High Time to Socialize the C-Suite. When we think about leaders, their behavior and how that behavior influences the world around them is oftentimes on the forefront.

It's High Time to Socialize the C-Suite

And it is for this reason that, when it comes to business, executive presence in both the internal and external social realm is increasingly critical to socially-enabled enterprise success. If your organization’s governing body isn’t hip to such multi-platform participation, you’re in a lot of company. In 2010, Weber Shandwick released a study on the state of leadership reputation (Socializing Your CEO: from (Un) Social to Social), stating that 64% of the surveyed CEOs did not engage through company websites or social media outlets.

“There are several reasons why CEOs are not more Social,” wrote Leslie Gaines-Ross, Weber Shandwick’s Chief Reputation Strategist. ”Time is better spent with customers and employees…the return on investment has not yet been proven, legal counsel tends to caution against it and anything that smacks of ‘celebrity CEO’ is a no-win.” Unifying 4 Generations of Work Styles, Struggles & Solutions. Here at the end of our generational journey, we’ve absolutely zero big bang systemic solutions to offer.

Unifying 4 Generations of Work Styles, Struggles & Solutions

But fear not! There’s a helpful and very human lesson or two to be learned from looking at each group: Understand, Communicate, Trust Plenty of differences are obvious from the start, but often it’s the details impressed on us by the environments we grew up in — each different from the one we’ve come to collectively share – that have the most impact on the way we conduct ourselves. It’s common for people to automatically attribute judgments to these differences because they are unfamiliar, and so it is by shedding light on them that we can promote understanding, and begin to guide more efficient and cohesive workforce teams.

The Single Largest Collaboration-Killing Mistake You’re Unaware Of. There’s a lot of talk about how to get the most out of teams today. Do you define strict roles for each team member? Is it all about outlining the approach? Do you let teams naturally work to achieve it? How much structure is too much when it comes to collaboration? Turns out, according to Tammy Erickson’s Harvard Business Review article, the common assumptions team leaders make when it comes to trying to inspire collaboration may actually be killing it. Why CEOs Should Allow Facebook in the Workplace [INFOGRAPHIC] Online Project Management. 29 Ways To Stay Creative [Video] Guidance - facilitation, ideation, etc. Solving problems (vs. identifying them)

Often, we're hesitant to identify a problem out of fear we can't solve it.

Solving problems (vs. identifying them)

Humility key to effective leadership. Public release date: 8-Dec-2011 [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Jacqueline Ghosenghosen@buffalo.edu 716-645-2833University at Buffalo BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Humble leaders are more effective and better liked, according to a study forthcoming in the Academy of Management Journal.

Humility key to effective leadership

"Leaders of all ranks view admitting mistakes, spotlighting follower strengths and modeling teachability as being at the core of humble leadership," says Bradley Owens, assistant professor of organization and human resources at the University at Buffalo School of Management. "And they view these three behaviors as being powerful predictors of their own as well as the organization's growth.

" Although the leaders were from vastly different organizations -- military, manufacturing, health care, financial services, retailing and religious -- they all agreed that the essence of leader humility involves modeling to followers how to grow. Owens and Hekman offer straightforward advice to leaders. Social Task Management Best Practices. How to Make Your Company More Social. Mae Karwowski runs social media strategy and oversees community management at Gilt City, a subsidiary of the Gilt Groupe.

How to Make Your Company More Social

She also consults for several startups. Social networks are flooded with potential customers. Therefore, today's companies need to foster a socially engaged culture within company walls. A business becomes more inherently social by going beyond the corporate Twitter account and Facebook Page. A social business engages the entire company, from CEO to executive assistant. 1. 6 tips for avoiding staff burnout. With the landscape of healthcare changing, IT departments are finding themselves as busy as ever.

6 tips for avoiding staff burnout

And with the stress of mandates and new technologies also come the risk of staff burnout, dissatisfaction, and even the loss of human resources. “Everything that’s happening right now inside the healthcare arena -- it’s a tough area, not only inside of the payer and provider environment, but also in the service organizations,” said Guillermo Moreno, vice president of Experis Healthcare.

“The pace of this is really, really intense, and everyone’s running at 1,000 miles an hour to get things done. Organizations are trying to be aggressive to maximize time, effort, and energy to achieve not only their business goals, but in some instances, meaningful use and to capitalize on those dollars as quickly as they can.” Given the hectic state of the industry and the growing demands placed on IT staff, we asked Moreno to outline six tips for avoiding staff burnout.

Collaboration & team productivity. 5 Pitfalls of Collaboration. Most people start collaboration projects with the best intentions, yet despite this the majority of these projects fail. How come? Eight Dangers of Collaboration. By Nilofer Merchant | 8:16 AM December 1, 2011 Most of what is written about collaboration is positive. Even hip. Collaboration is championed enthusiastically by the Enterprise 2.0 experts, as well as leading thinkers like Don Tapscott, as the crucial approach for the 21st century. Collaboration creates once-elusive “buy-in or “empowerment,” improves problem solving, increases creativity, is key to innovation at companies like Lego, Pixar, and Intuit. It slashes costs and improves productivity. Are Teams Really That Much Better? Teamwork. Teamwork or Collaboration? What’s the Difference? Why Teamwork is Overrated. Does teamwork always enhance the performance of organisations?

Building the Collaborative Office. Engineering an Encouraging Environment. Your Desk Job Makes You Fat, Sick and Dead [INFOGRAPHIC] The productivity of the average worker has skyrocketed thanks to technology, but it comes at the price of a sedentary lifestyle. And mounting research suggests that sitting at your desk for eight hours a day can have a dramatic impact on your health. Don’t get me wrong. I burn plenty of calories typing emails. And I make a point to always click and drag through long websites and documents — scroll wheels are for lazy people. Collaborative Workspace. Those that have been following my personal blog know that I am very big on the concept of integrating multiple approaches together in order to achieve a “compounding” effect. Study suggests flexible workplaces promote better health behavior and well-being.

Public release date: 6-Dec-2011 [ Print | E-mail. A Showcase of Minimal Workstations to Inspire You. The basic idea of minimalism that less is more can also be applied to your workstation, and the result is really inspiring. Clean, minimal and beautiful stations with exactly those things you need to work, nothing more, nothing less. The spaces are simple: desks, a nice chair, your computer and something to give the space a nice personality, it’s all about keeping the space clean, really inspiring.

About the Author Gisele Muller loves communication, technology, web, design, movies, gastronomy and creativity. Web writer, portuguese/english translator and co founder of @refilmagem & @mentaway Twitter: @gismullr. Cohuman - work more efficiently. Creating the Office Space of the Future. The State of Social Collaboration. Five Myths of Collaboration. Collaboration: It’s all about the People, Stupid. Generation X: Navigating the Challenges. How to Make Social Media Collaboration Deliver. The Social Business Paradox. Driving Collaboration in Firms. Collaboration Trends in 2012.

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