Ready, Fire, Aim. If you don't aim first, you will most likely miss. If you quickly pick up a bow, immediately pull back and release the arrow, chances are good the arrow will fly exactly where you don't want it to go. Ready, Aim, Fire. Instead, take a deep breath, carefully focus on the middle … Continue reading Avoid Collaboration in 3 Easy Steps: Ready, Fire, Aim!
The question comes up from time to time, so I guess I should not have been surprised to hear it come up again at the 2017 Microsoft Ignite conference. I was at a learning session where Yammer developers were talking about how they create new functionality for the Yammer platform, and they were asked if … Continue reading Ideas, Complaints and Conversation: 3 Arguments Against Anonymity
In a recent email to Tesla employees, founder and CEO Elon Musk wrote "Anyone at Tesla can and should email/talk to anyone else according to what they think is the fastest way to solve a problem for the benefit of the whole company." Musk didn't want employees to feel like they had to struggle through … Continue reading Flatter is Better
In the days following the attacks of September 11th, 2001, John Feal worked at Ground Zero to help clear away rubble and debris left by the felled buildings. During the cleanup, an 8,000 pound steel beam fell on John's foot. John suffered through septic shock, gangrene and dozens of surgeries. He survived the injury, but … Continue reading How to Become an Extrovert in 3 Easy Introductions
I was embarrassed. I wanted to bury my head in the sand. A song from my childhood ran through my head all day. Trying to find a moment of rationalization, or maybe justification, the lyrics made me feel better. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB3fi7opDBc I had just made a post on a site for Yammer network administrators. Using Yammer … Continue reading Whoops, I Made a Mistake, That’s All!
Silence and stillness provide empty space. Space for us to wonder, space for us to question, space for us to make our own assumptions. Sometimes, silence exists, sometimes it is created. In our connected world of email, phone calls and social networks, that rarest sense of silence and stillness is created when replies to messages … Continue reading 5 Easy Rules of Yammer Replies
We all have our favorite foods. We fondly recall where we were when we last enjoyed it, and who we were with. The aroma still lives in our memory, the taste is tangible and lingering. For me, there is always Lou Malnati's pizza. A traditional Chicago deep dish pizza featuring a rich, buttery crust with an … Continue reading The Recipe for Transparency
Yammer users are often looking for ways to find the specific information they are looking for amidst a sea of resources and posts. They are looking for ways to make Yammer feel small...except when they're not. Sometimes, people look to Yammer to expand beyond their team and what they already know and who they are … Continue reading Top 10 ways to go BIG with Yammer
A website can't shake your hand. An email won't laugh at your joke. A Facebook post won't give you a hug. What they all can do very well, though, is get information to you. The information is pushed. Whether or not you decide to take the time to read the pushed information is up to you. Whether or … Continue reading Don’t Push. Engage.
Opening the heavy glass door and walking into work on the first day of your new job can be a frightening experience. Most everyone you see is a stranger. You don't know how to navigate your way to your desk, you are unsure of the dress code, and you have a company culture and history … Continue reading Not So Scary