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Research Underlines the Value of Citizen Science

 I’ve blogged a lot about the incredible value citizens have delivered to a whole host of scientific problems, whether it’s mapping the oceans on Plankton Portal or mapping their local habitats at Yard Map.  It has undoubtedly been one of...

Posted March 20, 2014    

The Art of Giving Criticism

 I’ve written previously about the wonderful affect giving someone a compliment has on their sense of self-esteem and general wellbeing.  Indeed, research has shown that people often prefer compliments to any other form of remuneration (...

Posted February 16, 2014    

Feedback is Key to Promoting Positive Work Behaviors

A major aspect of the social business movement is the benefits that can accrue when employees start utilising their skills on a wide range of internal projects.  McKinsey went as far as to suggest that the potential benefits could run into the...

Posted February 10, 2014    

New Survey Reveals Top Workplace Trends for 2014

Trend spotting is a notoriously difficult pastime, not least when it comes to predicting things that heavily rely upon technology.  The annual Digital Workplace Trends report produced by Jane McConnell is one of the best attempts at this tricky...

Posted February 5, 2014    

Are You Collaborating with Your Customers?

 Collaboration is a pretty popular concept at the moment, with countless articles, books and guides on both its value for companies and suggesting ways that it can be improved.  Indeed, this blog has been publishing quite a few posts of...

Posted January 30, 2014    

New Guide Highlights 20 Top Innovations

 At this time of year, it’s common for blogs and publishers to either look back at what has gone over the past year, or alternatively to look forward at what the future might bring.The past year have seen a number of reports come out gazing...

Posted December 22, 2013    

Weak Ties Are the Key to Getting Retweeted

As Twitter has risen as a social network, so too have the number of studies and articles proposing the secrets to Twitter success.  This attention is perhaps not surprising given the considerable influence the site has on the way ideas spread....

Posted December 13, 2013    

New App Turns Us Into Film Directors

 Average Joes have increasingly become part of the news landscape, with the media they produce often forming part of the story itself, be that through a photo they’ve taken, a video they’ve shot or a text based update they’ve shared.  The...

Posted December 2, 2013    

Which Employee Engagement Tool Do You Use?

 Employee engagement is widely regarded as in something of a crisis at the moment, with study after study revealing the depths to which it has plummeted in organizations around the world.Whilst there are many articles out there talking about...

Posted November 30, 2013    

The Fight for Resources When Innovation Comes Calling

 Times are still tough at the moment, so the competition for internal resources is a fierce one.  When you attempt to implement any kind of innovation project, you will be competing for talent and money from elsewhere in the organisation....

Posted November 26, 2013    

Should Feedback Be Good or Bad?

 Feedback is critical to any business, and an increasing array of social tools have entered the market to allow the regular flow of feedback to course throughout an organisation.  Foremost amongst these have been the kind of performance...

Posted November 23, 2013    

The Value of Sharing in the Healthcare Profession

I’ve written previously about the growth in platforms allowing healthcare professionals to share information and insights. There is evidence that doctors do value the opportunity to converse with other doctors about medical issues.A study by...

Posted November 18, 2013    

Can Social Networks Reduce Violence?

 The environmental factors that contribute to crime have been immensely popular ever since The Tipping Point highlighted the so called broken windows theory popularised by former mayor of New York Rudolph Guiliani.  The theory states...

Posted November 15, 2013    

New Service Aims to Stop Trolls in Their Tracks

Nobody likes a troll, yet the web has proved a particularly fertile ground for them to set forth on their mission to annoy and upset people from behind the comfort of their computer screen.  Of course, this isn’t confined to public social...

Posted November 11, 2013    

Do You Really Have an Innovation Culture?

Organisational mission statements are awash with announcements trumpeting the importance of knowledge and ideas.  They regale at the creativity of their employees, and the innovative culture that supports such free thinkers.Now, obviously...

Posted November 6, 2013    

Can You Pay People to Be More Collaborative?

A few weeks ago I wrote about some new research looking at the role money plays in collaborative behaviour.  The research found that in an environment with no currency involved, people tended to behave in a self-interested way.  When...

Posted November 1, 2013    

Is a Social Business a Conscientious One?

Social business is all about encouraging certain behaviours from employees, and indeed external stakeholders as well.  Those behaviours could best be summed up as conscientiousness.  They describe employees who strive for better, invest...

Posted October 18, 2013    

Politics in a Social World

As anyone with experience of online communities will testify, political discussions are generally off limits due to the devastating role they can have on general community harmony.  Despite that, the last few years have seen a range of...

Posted October 15, 2013    

The Role of Task Difficulty in Collective Intelligence

Since James Surowiecki his book on the wisdom of crowds back in 2005 the notion that collective intelligence can trump individual intelligence has entered the public consciousness.  It has indelibly led to constructs such as idea markets, where...

Posted October 14, 2013    

How Social Business Improves Workplace Diversity

As regular readers of the blog will appreciate, I think diversity is a critical issue for organisations, but that the diversity has to be along lines that actually matter to decision making, which often tends to exclude the politically motivated...

Posted October 9, 2013    

 
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