Connection In Isolation

Down in Invercargill, the southernmost city in New Zealand and one of the most isolated in the world, there are three employees running a busy car rental branch. Rarely do they work together as a team. Mostly it’s a passing update and a quick “hello” during a shift changeover. Yet, these three workers are some of the best-connected employees in their multi-national company of thousands. Each day, the team at Thrifty Car Rental in Invercargill stay connected with what’s happening at every other Thrifty branch across NZ through their Enterprise Social Network (ESN). If there’s a new Thrifty employee up…

What does AI have to say about the Trump vs Turnbull Leak?

Our weekend papers were filled with transcripts of the ‘robust’ conversation had between President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Turnbull on the issue of refugees. Some commentators were concerned about how ‘leaky’ the Trump administration had become. Others welcomed the transparency afforded by the transcripts, allowing the public to see beneath the public personas that many leaders are adept at maintaining. One thing is clear however, increased digitisation is providing us with at least the technical capability to track virtually everything anyone says to each other over digital channels. Stopping the leaks through purely governance mechanisms alone is like pushing…

Stanford Peace Innovation Lab values SWOOP Insights

SWOOP Chief Scientist Dr Laurence Lock Lee recently met with Mark Nelson, who co-directs the Stanford Peace Innovation lab at Stanford University with behavior designer, social entrepreneur and mentor capitalist, Margarita Quihuis. Mark identified SWOOP’s ability to surface operational insights from interactions conducted in social networking platforms like Workplace by Facebook and Yammer, to enable a whole new level of research potential. Their current focus is on gender diversity, a big issue in Silicon Valley. He noted that many current gender diversity policies are doing more harm than good. This is where SWOOP operational data can be used to truly…

Benchmarking Your Way to Collaborative Success

We will shortly be releasing our 2017 SWOOP Enterprise Social Benchmarking report along with some webinar briefings to bring it to life. It is the world’s largest comparative analysis of collaboration patterns between organizations, using operational activity data. The report provides some significant insights gained from how individuals actually interacted, as opposed to what they might say they do. We analysed the collaboration patterns of more than 250,000 individuals across 57 organizations over an extended six-month period. As a prelude to its release we are publishing here a condensed infographic of the key results. You will notice that we have…

Wanting to Transform your Business – Change the Logo? 

Digitally enabled business transformation may be pervading our discussions at the moment, but in reality, this conversation theme is at least as old as the Internet, and more likely older. It was therefore with interest that I read a recent HBR article by Scott Anthony and Evan I. Schwartz which noted how often significant transformations fail. They then followed on by listing the transformations that their research identified as most successful and why. On top of the list were Amazon and Netflix; but also on the list well-known brands like Apple, Microsoft and Adobe. In reading the profiles of the companies…

Facilitating Organizational Change with SWOOP

Just take a moment and think about the last 2 or 3 major organizational change programs that you have been party to (or a victim of). Invariably the change will have something to do with wanting to change the way people work and interact with each other in your organization. Perhaps it was triggered by a significant structural change, a merger, or acquisition. Perhaps it was around  a major technology refresh. Or perhaps even a significant change in company strategy, triggered by a disruptive change in the marketplace. Whatever the reason, invariably you will be asked to adapt your behavior…