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At The specified item was not found. I was inspired by the community managers I met who increase engagement through fun contests.  Being on the more serious side, this is not a strength of mine; but I have a goal to inject some more fun into our Jive community, called The Hive, so tried something new this week.  Barbara Giannini at the University of Maryland University College is really good at this so hat tip to her for partially inspiring my first attempt at a contest!


Last week we received the Fall 2013 cloud release so our profiles are pretty awesome now. I especially like that you can more easily find a person's blog and see their Department, phone and e-mail right at the top. The ability to feature my own content as a user will allow our master's students to share their important work with others in the community, such as their Capstone project research. Learn more about the new profile features here: Fall Release Preview: New Profiles with Expertise.


I'd like to improve profile completeness over the next year so that our profiles become known as THE place to go to learn about each other, contact each other, find experts, etc. In order to take advantage of the excitement about the upgrade (real-time chat is creating buzz in The Hive), I decided to drive traffic to our profiles by running a three-week tagline contest. I've shared the description of the contest below -- feel free to use any of these ideas in your own community. I only ask that you share your own stories of Jive contests and engagement activities that have worked in your own community. I'm thinking about running a photo contest in the new year to promote the new profile picture gallery feature. I'd love to get ideas about how others have seen these kind of contests drive engagement or adoption. I'm working on bringing in our graduate program's alumni who are not currently in our community. When I bring in this new group of users, I will need to focus on more of these types of activities in order to to help them understand the value of this community. Unlike our students, alumni are not required to be in The Hive.


I'll circle back and let you know how this contest goes. Looking forward to learning from others who have tried similar initiatives!


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On the suggestion of John Schwiller, I ran a CMR > Profile Completion > Download CSV in order to get all of the taglines. Below the image you see above I listed out all of the current taglines (we have a small community) with an @Mention to the person's profile. I haven't included that screenshot for privacy reasons.


Misuse of the email

Posted by ltsudmann Nov 26, 2013

Have you ever thought how you use the e-mail today?

Let me guess:

You e-mail your colleagues, send reports, give instructions and ask for status.  Furthermore, quotations, cost estimates, presentation, etc. are discussed, finalized and approved via e-mail.

For sure you know the problem to find information and be able to retrace discussions. The knowledge on a particular context, the decision path to a task and much more lies in hundreds of e-mails, mostly locally saved on your computer, and even for you it is not traceable anymore due to an unstructured e-mail chronic. Not to mention the colleagues involved, for which this information is not traceable and comprehensible at all.

Why is that?

The e-mail has been misused since its origins in the 70s for task management, workflow-, reporting tool and as a platform for discussion.

Is it not about time to encounter the daily e-mail madness by using contemporary concepts and solutions? Should the e-mail be returned to its origins in order to insulate the daily email flood?

To regard social collaboration as a panacea is obvious, but is not the sole solution to the problem. However, social collaboration solves parts of the actual e-mail problem. In this context the medium-term abolition of the email is not the stated objective, rather it is the optimization and channeling of information and action flows in our daily work.

What does this mean?

A holistic analysis and breakdown of email communication in its various facets helps to channel information and action streams.

Very important here is the delineation to the company’s target scenario of a better future collaboration and communication. The implementation of this action will be taken step by step in a phase model.

With Jive we have a tool to go forward away from the email to better communication. But it needs education and guidance of people to cover them. Without that it takes more energy then needed.


"The Rise of the Network Leader", a new report by the CEB, contains a few nuggets that have value for every current and future leader (yes, that could be you). Times are changing fast and leaders must learn to navigate those highly promising times.


NetworkLeadership.pngThe report says that ever more is expected of senior leaders - more responsibility, broader objectives, faster results and roles that are more and more global. Where at first glance this sounds like a burn-out waiting to happen, all it really means is thinking broader, more encompassing, more networked. Today we have amazing technological capabilities - we have Ourspace, an internal network that allows us to network everything and everyone, to engage real-time, anytime, to foster, to help. This is where the new type of leadership comes in - they don't have to do it all - but they do have to enable, support, encourage and live it - the more employees see their leaders active this way - the more employees will follow their example, eager and willing to help beyond their desk and eager and willing to look (and find) those who allow them to perform even better.


Traditional leadership is what's called "transactional" and "transformational". Those are the roles you'd expect - organization, direction, strategy, execution, fostering culture, driving change, inspiring. To enable and foster the networked organization, leaders need to take on that third role - the network leadership. This is the one I most clearly see and most strongly identify with - the role that, in many ways, is identical to the one every employee should play - do your best work, help others to do their best work, and whenever possible do so openly and transparently is this builds and grows the networks and makes our company smarter and smarter ("Smarter together" IS our new mantra, after all). Across the company we are the ones responsible to make it all happen - and our leaders need to be the role models.


I'll quote one line from the report. I cannot  just attach the report, it wouldn't be proper. But if anyone is interested, just visit here, sign up and get the PDF or read the eBook right there. Here's the line:


Network leadership is more about influence than control; it is also a more indirect than direct form of leadership, requiring leaders to create a work environment based on autonomy, empowerment, trust, sharing, and collaboration.


As more and more millenials join the workforce and as connectivity becomes ever more pervasive - this third leadership type will become essential - I believe that, over time, this will become the most important type. But don't sit around to find out what happens. Be it. Be that leader you want to have - build your network, work your hardest, help others, always. And with it your influence will grow - before you know it, you'll be that leader.

Here are some photos from my 1st JiveWorld Conference. 





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