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Dell has revealed the dire state of the PC industry, poor take-up of Windows and the need for the company to invest in research and development.
This more a case of the dire state of Dell's business strategy!
Last year, due to developing a shoulder problem I, reluctantly, switched to a iPad from my so-called laptop portable PC. What a revelation! Instead of humping around a heavy case, the iPod fits in my handbag. It springs to life instantly, is incredibly easy to use and with iCloud, synchronised with my Outlook immediately. My laptop is now history.
Of course, the ipad isn't the only tablet. But all of them are truly portable in ways the old laptops mostly never really were. It isn't a replacement for your desktop PC if, like me, you like a couple of big hires screens to work on. But because the integration is so seamless, it really is like taking a convenient piece of your desktop away with you.
Wifi is pretty ubiquitous too, and likely to become more so, no need for dongles. Makes you wonder about the future of mobile phone networks too?
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More than a third of companies are so dysfunctional, the best people don’t really care about what they’re doing and the worst people don’t know that they are doing a lousy job.
Just when everyone is saying how important Employee Engagement is, along comes an article that shows that your best empoyees probably aren't engagaged! In fairness, this is a US study, but I can't help wondering if companies in the UK are actually WORSE!
I was also surprised that no-one has apparently combined these two figures before. It seems obvious to me that they should be.
This doesn't mean that Employee Engagaement isn't important, but it does raise a number of questions about how to go about it, and how to interpret your company's figures. It could also suggest that existing employee engagement programmes are actually engaging the wrong employees. A sobering thought.
7 things you can learn from world-class communicators like Steve Jobs, Gary Vaynerchuck, and Scott Harrison about speaking.
Terrific advice on how to improve your presentations.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-P6jEMtixY Today is April Fools' Day so don't take everything you read at face value. Practical jokers as they are, Google is
Youtube closing had me going for a second. I do wish the Virgin plane joke was true. That would be really awesome!
We live in an interconnected world. In business, we see organisations relying ever more closely on partners to deliver key elements of their services to customers, while large portions of our national infrastructure are being rebuilt through...
Collaboration starts at the top. It's no good asking your workforce to collaborate if you don't.
A social business could be most simply defined as a business which engages with it's customer base socially. It used to be all businesses were social. You made
All good businesses are social to some extent. 'Social' implies an interaction on a personal level with your customer etc. with the emphasis on interaction i.e. 2 way communication and personal i.e. specific to the person.
As Karl rightly says it includes all social business not just social media. Social media just gives you access to a wider social sphere - one not limited by geography, and additional tools to make interactive communications easier. It should not be confused with marketing/advertising.
Just having millions of followers, fans and “interactions” on social networks doesn’t make you social.
Talking to your customers, listening to what their concerns and ideas are and responding to them is what being a social business is about.
Social media is not necessary to be a social business. There are many other forms of "social."
Social media can make you more effective at expanding your reach. You still fail if you only use it to blast out marketing messages, not to listen, change culture and respond to customers.
"You don't have the power to make it stop."
Not sure it was this bad for me, but I do still get asked where the food is at Tech Events sometimes, rather than who I work for. I've learned over the years to be more assertive and thicker skinned. Bit sad that I needed to though.
We all agree that last year’s London 2012 Olympic Games were a fantastic display of sporting achievement and the organisation of them was hailed a huge
I'll be comparing this with the face2face training the London Ambassadors got in my new book. Watch this space.
Here are twelve collaboration patterns or “principles” that successful organizations follow.
Some great suggestions on collaboration
Did you know that there are more possible moves in a game of chess then there are atoms in the entire universe and seconds that have elapsed since the big bang? In fact, chess can be a virtually endless game. If that’s the case then how do chess masters emerge? What’s the point of trying to study something if the moves are endless? Any good chess player will tell you that one of the keys to success is the ability to recognize patterns and situations to help you identify what the best next move is.
We may want to hit the "off" button on costly and complex activities, but we're wired to do the opposite.
You only have to look at our legal system to see how hard we find it to simplify! Some good advice.
Many of the issues plaguing IT departments can be mitigated or sidestepped altogether. Here are some ways to deal with several common pitfalls.
How many have you fallen into?
Telemarketing Matters Limited - Ians Blog - Would you rather pay for numbers or quality?
Getting quality leads is so, so hard though, as the definition of 'quality' is so hard to define in any way that is measurable. For that reason, I very rarely buy leads.
Read the latest business blogs & articles from SunZu - the social network that connects entrepreneurs, business owners & industry professionals.
If only sales was this easy! This is a fairly ballsy approach to sales, but interesting none the less.
Techies have a unique approach to life - and your employee wellness program needs to reflect that. These tips will get yours moving in the right direc
I'd like to combine tips 1 and 6 to create business games that relate to everyone's inner geek!
Q&A with Open Group executives who are evangelizing a new standard for dependency modeling to help with IT risk management and beyond
I 've been working with Chris and John for over a year now, and their approach to managing risk is truly revolutionary. The software isn't bad either, and makes managing the variables much easier.
There’s little doubt that today’s IT pros need ongoing training to keep up with rapidly developing technologies. But how can IT managers m
I would add, please don't assume the only way to learn is training! Also, don't assume the only mentors are inhouse. Especially for smaller companies, an out-house mentor can give a fresh perspective. But do be careful of confidentiality.
Human resources jobs, news & events
I have two problems with SMART objectives;
1- the point here, that these can over focus attention into a narrow area.
2-they are rarely very ambitious
I like goals, but often these are not challenging enough due to the 'need' to make them clearly measurable. Goals need to be both challenging and meaningful to people, and that means people need to understand the wider context and be invloved in defining them. This may mean they will be less well defined, but better understood, giving people a greater opportunity for being creative (in a good way!) in meeting them.
If you don't see the connection between your goal and the greater business/organisational goal, then it just becomes a measurement exercise. You only have to see the NHS to see what happens then.
People in the business community love their clichés. “There’s no ‘I’ in team,” “work smarter, not harder,” and my personal favorite, “think outside the box.” Ugh. When it …
I've lost count of the number of articles written over the years about the value of motivation! Or the number of emails from my various HR departments telling me how important this is.
Do we really need to be told this?
Unfortunately, it seems we do.
Having spent a number of years managing volunteers, I've learned that motivation is pretty much the whole thing in terms getting people to do stuff. And if volunteers aren't motivated..guess what.. they walk away! I've also learned that people are motivated by a whole range of different things, depending on their circumstances and inclination. Understanding what these are is a fundamental skill in a Manager's arsenal. One of the problems in (mainly) larger companies however, is that these get 'packaged' into standard rewards e.g. bonuses etc. and become, for a great number of people, totally unmotivating.
I don't think it is just a company culture issue - it is also a management education issue.
Engagement, Empowerment, Culture, Motivation, Customer-Centric, Social Business - common buzzwords that litter Corporate Websites and LinkedIn Job Advertisements today.
What do these words mean in real terms? How do they translate into concrete examples of behavior? Is management's perception different from employees?
Directors, HR - how well are you describing what it's like to work for you and your firm?
Jobseekers - do you ask for examples when recruiters tell you "this company has a great culture?" Do you ask about culture when interviewing? Can you define what workplace culture is?
Why does it matter? Studies link strong culture to better performance. If you use generalizations to describe the workplace, you probably hire many of the wrong employees. Wrong employees leave, under produce and can demotivate others. http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_US/us/About/Leadership/1fe8be4ad25e7310VgnVCM1000001956f00aRCRD.htm
But there is something to be said about hiring people you hate as well http://sco.lt/4q5x0D
PyCon is the largest annual conference dedicated to the open-source Python programming language. Normally, it is exactly as boring and unremarkable as a gathering of twenty-five hundred programming-language enthusiasts sounds.
Not sure which is worse - misogyny in the Tech World or such an overreaction to it. I personally would have turned round and told them to grow up and suggest were probably too immature to realise their remarks might be offensive. Sure the 'jokes' were offensive, but tweeting about them was a major over-reaction.
Two examples of crass and sexist advertising from Ford and Samsung have flagged up the crucial importance of management supervision over marketing drives.
Outrageous! More lack of corporate governance.
Apprenticeships aren't only good for young people trying to find their way into work, now we can prove they're good for business too.
This is a so much better idea than encouraging evenryone, regardless of talent, to rack up huge debts in mediocre universities. The truth is that we need more people with practical skills, learned on the job, than we do unemployed graduates. When will we get away from the idea that the only way to learn is in a classroom? Who would you rather mended your pipes? - A plumbing graduate or a plumber who has had 3 years practical experience as a plumbing apprentice? I know who I'd choose.
And why stop at plumbing? Why not offer apprenticeships in computer programming, computer repair, marketing, nursing, clerical work etc. too. And why only school leavers? Many people are having to change careers in mid-life. Why can't they have apprenticeships too?
Although I greatly value a good academic education, we MUST recognise that not everyone thrives on this approach to learning. It is not appropriate to a great number of areas, but we seem to have allowed ourselves to be led by the nose by senior academics with no real experience of the real world.
What does the British economy look like excluding finance and energy, the sectors in long term decline?
Well done. This ties in with my observation that we aren't doing too badly at the moment. I just wish the media, especially the BBC, would focus more on the positive, rather than relishing the negative, whilst sitting in their publically funded cushy ivory tower.
Charlene Li and I spent the better of the last year studying how organizations approach social media and how planning, processes, and outcomes mature over time. Our findings are significant and are included in our newly released report, “The Evolution of Social Business Six Stages of Social Media Transformation.”
Social Business, not Social Media, is where we all need to be thinking if we're serious about doing business online.
Brian is a proactive marketer of social business transformation. I am glad to see reputable people and companies writing more about social business and distinguishing it from social media.
Welcome to the first edition of the BIS Science and Innovation Podcast. Hear from Science Minister David Willetts on his activity during National Science and Engineering Week 2013.
Interesting. But can he deliver?
Boy, does technology evolve fast. How many of these iconic sounds do you remember?
For people over 40 only.
Scarily, I remember all of these sounds. Even the mimiograph, although I was very young. More scary still, we still have a manual typewriter and a video tape player! Not to mention a vinyl record player.
But where is the telex machine, the card punch or the tape reader?
What sounds would you add?