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!
Yammer, the Microsoft enterprise social network platform, made an important statement about the importance of transparency and collaboration when it released its new Group Insights analytics dashboard last week. Usage information is usually something that is accessible by only a chosen few. Being able to determine how many people have accessed a certain resource online, … Continue reading Go Transparent…Democratize your Data
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
As a means of evaluating ongoing communications efforts, a leadership group at my organization was recently surveyed, and the lead question was "What bothers you about Yammer?" Had I been given an opportunity for input on the the questions our leaders were asked, and knowing what I know about their Yammer experience, I would have … Continue reading “What bothers you about Yammer?”
Yammer is an industrial war horse. It is a spoke on a multi-spoked wheel. It is a connector, and it is connected. What happens in Yammer...what happens to Yammer, absolutely does not stay in Yammer. Since the Yammer enterprise social network platform was bought by Microsoft in 2012, it has slowly become more and more … Continue reading Yammer: The Big Implications of Small Changes
I teach often teach about technology. As the manager of a Yammer communication and collaboration network, I teach both the "nuts and bolts" of how to use the technology, and I teach about how users can be most successful with the technology if they adopt a transparent, collaborative mindset. The better I am able to … Continue reading Step Away from the Technology
I am a changed man. I had never seen anything like it before, and by the time I returned home, I hardly knew myself. Microsoft Ignite 2016 was the biggest conference I had ever attended. After a week of endless walking, swag collection and techy conversation, I was dizzy. I returned home, collected my thoughts, … Continue reading Nine Answers I Hope to Get to Nine Questions at Microsoft Ignite 2017
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!
When I sit down at my desk each day, I check email, Facebook, Twitter, MacRumors, Gizmodo, Backstreets, CNN and Rollingstone.com. Make fun of my website choices if you must, but this is my routine. This is my habit. I became keenly aware of the habits we create for ourselves when rolling out a Yammer enterprise … Continue reading Top 5 Ways to Create a Yammer Habit
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