Category: networks

Mar 19 2009

Live from HOK – guest post

This is a guest post by John Gilmore (right), one of the HOK corporate communications team behind the Life at HOK blog that I wrote about recently. I asked John if he would like to explain more about how the site (and other HOK Web 2.0 activities) is managed and policed and what business benefits …

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Mar 16 2009

Life at HOK

International planning and design practice HOK has, as you might expect, an excellent corporate website (great if you like Flash-driven sites) but did you know that it also has a strong Web 2.0 presence? Life at HOK is a blog to which numerous HOK people contribute – judging from the side-bar, 30 people have submitted …

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Mar 13 2009

Ten things to manage in a recession: 4 – executive costs

This is the fourth in a series expanding on my friend Ross Sturleys’ Ten Things to Cut in a Recession Before You Cut Your Marketing (presented at last month’s CIMCIG conference and in recent Construction News marketing e-newsletters). Number four: “Cut executive costs” Ross argues that some businesses are over-blessed with expensive directors. He suggests …

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Mar 11 2009

Social networks boost productivity

For many Generation X managers, work and socialising are two distinctly separate notions, and they therefore often seek to limit employees’ socialising so that they can “get on and do real work”. But what if that real work could actually be improved by socialising? What if social networking actually helped you work better? In late …

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Mar 09 2009

Climate change and social media competitions

Last week at Ecobuild, at the end of his BIM and social media presentation (see EE post), Birmingham-based architect Rob Annable wondered if it might be possible to use energy usage monitoring tools such as Pachube in combination with social media as a way of creating energy efficiency competitions between building occupiers. According to Earth2Tech …

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Mar 09 2009

Why Generation Y matters

Over the weekend I read a cutting, Generation Next, from the March 2009 issue of Director magazine, discussing how the cohort of people born in or after 1980 are prompting changes in organisational approaches. Writer David Woodward quotes an April 2008 study by Talentsmoothie of 2,500 Gen Y people which found that they: “had little …

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Mar 06 2009

Meet then Tweet

Drawing on Wednesday’s post-EcoBuild “Tweet-up”, I wrote yesterday about how Twitter could be used to ‘Tweet and meet‘: to organise social gatherings at which you could network with existing friends and with new people who could potentially be added to your followers. It’s worth adding that the process also works the other way round. You …

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Mar 03 2009

90-9-1 or 75-15-10?

I have blogged before, on ExtranetEvolution.com, about characteristics of communities – see Building online communities and Building communities ‘aliveness’. The latter of these two posts outlined some Harvard Business School observations on communities of practice saying you should expect three main levels of community participation: a core group engaged in regular, intensive activities (usually 10-15% …

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