Ever since JiveWorld, I've been looking forward to the Power of Connection event tour, which officially kicked off in New York City this week. What an apropos way to get things going, I thought, as the topic of connection, inspiration and collaboration never fails to be relevant. I had the pleasure of helping our team put on the event and got to sit in on a few sessions too, seeing what the magic was all about. Here's a little personal recap to give you a glimpse of what went on, or to encourage you to check out a future event (and there's many of those happening through the rest of the year).
Lucky to enjoy some good weather karma with a crisp, sunny NYC day, the event, held at the Westin Grand Central started with some meet and greets. Welcoming old friends and partners as well as meeting lots of new folks, it was exciting to see all the great companies represented such as the Chubb/ACE Group, CA Technologies, PR Newswire, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, New York Life Insurance, Vineyard Vines and lots of others. The positive energy in the room was infectious and it was clear folks were there to learn!
Jive's CEO, Elisa Steele headlined the event with an awesome presentation that broke down exactly what the Power of Connection means to us today, and as it relates to the technologies we use each day. She of course explained how Jive was central to that as a hub of connection, collaboration and a key enabler to being more human and engaged in your place of work. She teed up the other speakers for the day and really got everyone jazzed about the knowledge they'd be taking back with them.
The day continued with other excellent sessions and presentations from not only our own experts, but also our fantastic partners and customers such as Tim Wike, Principal, Shaper Solutions; Howard Cohen, VP of Social Web & Knowledge, Chubb; and Sam Creek, Advisor, CA Technologies.
I learned something in each session, such as how the Chubb team uses their Jive-powered community, The Village to deliver strong unified work across the organization. It was also interesting to learn how instrumental Jive was in helping Chubb achieve better integration and working relationships with their new colleagues as a result of their recent merger with ACE. One thing in particular that stuck with me was when John Benfield, AVP of IT Process at Chubb said "Don't discount personal communities and discussions because they help establish bonds between employees." In this way, having fun at work and finding things you have in common with others actually helps your people feel more engaged and in turn helps to support your core business functions. I live and breathe this each day at Jive!
The evening ended with a fun cocktail reception, where we really got to chatting and exchanging more ideas and stories. We raffled off an Amazon Echo which was a big hit - congrats Teri Wayne!
Overall lots of good vibes and connections were established and I especially loved seeing how the talented folks at these different companies have adapted Jive to suit their individual needs. It was nice to see the power of Jive through their eyes.
For those of your interested in learning more and attending a future Power of Connection event, the next one will take place on June 8th in Chicago. You can register here.