The Dying Art of Conversation

I started out composing this blog post with the intent of informing on how to start and sustain a good online conversation. As part of my research for the article I came across MIT Professor Sherry Turkle’s book on ‘Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age’. There is substantial material available for helping us conduct more effective online conversations. However, if you are like me, there is always that nagging doubt about whether online conversations ever achieve the level of fidelity and depth that a face to face conversation can take. Turkle’s book turned this nagging doubt…

Five reasons you should update your staff profiles in SWOOP

For most large organisations, it’s an absolute pain to keep your staff directory up to date. Staff profile data tends to be spread far and wide across different systems, be they human resource data bases, email directories, payrolls and the like; with no single up-to-date repository one can rely on. Believe me, the journey is worthwhile for many reasons. In this post we are selfishly addressing our SWOOP customers and prospects.  SWOOP is founded on the science of social network analysis (SNA). Value from SNA is achieved by identifying the relationship connections between individuals. The follow-up core value then comes…

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…

Real Time Talent Identification

There is something seriously wrong with how organizations are going about identifying talent in their organizations. Substantially, most organizations today treat their staff as objects sitting on the warehouse shelves waiting to be picked off. The HR department will have devised capability characteristics that can be assigned to each individual using some tenuous process, so that they can be placed in the right shelf with similarly categorised staff. Some specially classified staff may merit a shelf of their own and therefore may be especially attractive to those fortunate enough to have been picked off the shelves earlier. Some of the…

How a three-year-old Sydney analytics startup SWOOP landed an “amazing” partnership with Facebook

A write up of our recently announced Analytics Partnership with Workplace by Facebook. Published originally  on Smart Company  A Sydney-based analytics startup that has been operating for just three years has landed an “amazing” partnership with social media giant Facebook through its Workplace platform. Dr Laurence Lock Lee and Cai Kjaer founded SWOOP Analytics in 2014 after working in the analytics and consulting space for more than 30 years. The two joined forces to create SWOOP as an analytics solution for businesses wanting to drive employee engagement, and landed a partnership with Microsoft soon after launch. “There’s a lot of…

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…