Thank You Subscribers

Problem: You have people who have subscribed to your blog, but you’ve totally neglected them. Solution: Don’t. Ok, I confess.  This is me. And this is embarrassing, but I’m going to just come out and say it. Going for total transparency here. There are a lot of options and features and cool tricks and stuffContinue reading “Thank You Subscribers”

You Already Have What You Need to Build a Community

Problem: My company doesn’t have a good internal tool for social networking so I can’t really build an internal community or a following. Solution: Actually, you do. Back in the olden days people used to get to know each other by sending messages with an ingenious invention called electronic mail.  And although it may beContinue reading “You Already Have What You Need to Build a Community”

Connect the Peeps

Problem: People work in silos.  They don’t communicate, except by filling out forms and following the process for transferring information.  Everything takes too long to get done because the processes cause information to get stuck at various stages. Solution: Start a connecting or networking effort where everyone knows everyone else by their first name.  ProcessesContinue reading “Connect the Peeps”

10 Ways to Spread Ideas

Problem There are a lot of exciting new ideas and concepts that you are learning  from books, TED talks, blogs, and a myriad of other sources out there on the internet.  But then you come to work at your corporation and everything seems to be backwards, you feel like you’re in some kind of aContinue reading “10 Ways to Spread Ideas”

Get a (new) Job.

Problem: You’ve mastered your current position and are pretty much the expert in that particular job function, but you’d like more challenge.  You want to get to the next level but there doesn’t seem to be any sign of promotion or juicy project ahead. Solution: Go find another position within the company and start over.Continue reading “Get a (new) Job.”

Show Up

Problem: You don’t know enough people, you’re not connected, you feel like you don’t know what’s going on, and you’re not contributing significantly. Solution: Show up.  By that I mean a couple of things.  First, it means to actually show up at meetings or events where you can connect with other people and learn what’sContinue reading “Show Up”

Schedule an Event

Problem: There’s nothing happening in your organization.  No excitement.  No momentum.  No forward progress.  No innovation or remarkable things to talk about. Solution: Schedule an event.  Sure, everyone’s busy doing their work.  Stuff is getting done and you’re delivering product to customers. But if you don’t have events, it just doesn’t feel like anything isContinue reading “Schedule an Event”

Create a New Organization

Problem: You’d like to collaborate more with other employees, but your corporate organization silos keep you from breaking out of your usual circle of interactions. Solution: Ignore the silos and create a new organization. Organizations consist of two elements: 1) a purpose 2) people committed to accomplishing that purpose. So, in order to create aContinue reading “Create a New Organization”

Stay Connected, Over Time

Problem: You develop really close relationships with the people you work side by side with, then an opportunity comes along, or a reorganization, or for some reason you or they move to a different group and you never see them anymore. Solution: If you’ve developed a good friendship, it doesn’t take much effort to stayContinue reading “Stay Connected, Over Time”