filed under Engagement

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How to Increase Engagement on Yammer

At SoapBox, when selling to large enterprise clients, at some point IT needs to be brought in to the conversation.

Our approach with SoapBox has always been to “go where the traffic already is,” to seamlessly integrate with the existing habits and tools of our users.

In the last few years, one of those places is the social enterprise platform Yammer.

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filed under High Performance, Management

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A Gemba Walk in an Invisible Factory

In Lean management philosophy, performing a Genba (also known as Gemba) walk is essential for managers to achieve the highest quality process improvement.  The main concept behind the Genba walk is that problems, inefficiencies, and disconnects can be seen right where value is created. If managers physically observe the process, they can directly see the impact of processes and the changes that need to be made.

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Making Speed of Idea Transmission Your Competitive Advantage

If you are a business leader looking to innovate, one thing to keep in mind from the start is that your ideas are only as impactful as they are timely. Speed of innovation matters. Small and medium-sized businesses can compete with the most innovative companies when they generate, evaluate, and act on ideas quickly. Successful innovators aim to deliver and implement their innovations when stakeholders need or want them the most, often before their competitors.

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Structured Governance: Reducing Obstacles to Innovation Success

Let’s say you have a proposal for an idea program that you know will be valuable to the company if it is successful. You have a clear strategy and concrete goals. Now how will the organization best accomplish this direction, given existing resources and other constraints? How can you best implement a structure and governing system to manage the innovation process? Let’s start with the people involved… Read more

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Accountability in Major Projects is Key

Managing large projects is tough. Some of the hurdles are external (think: shift in customer expectations, new regulations, tight capital markets, etc.). However, many of them are self-imposed by the organization itself. One of the biggest is failing to clearly outline accountability in major projects.

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filed under Engagement, Innovation

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4 Ways to Engage Employees in Your Idea Program

Innovation is a top priority for many companies (in fact, for nearly two thirds of companies, according to a recent Bain study). Given its importance, leaders naturally desire all employees to be part of the company’s innovation agenda in some shape or form. Through working with our clients to launch their engaged idea programs with our idea software, we have observed that it is not happenstance when an active, participatory employee community emerges. In fact, there are four key elements that need to be in place for employees to direct their time and energy to sharing new ideas or executing innovative initiatives.

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5 Tips to Engage Employees for Managers


From Gallup to Aon, there is a consistent trend of disengaged employees and Human Resources is struggling to increase productivity by engaging employees. We could recite all the reasons why it is important for your employees to stay engaged but let’s cut to the chase suggest actionable items to improve and change the way your employees engage. Today, we bring you our top five tips that you , the manager, can do to help re-engage employees and maximize the potential of your employees and teams.

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