Tag Archives: Change

Likability matters? You betcha.

Authenticity: To be more likable, behave in a way that feels natural and comfortable, rather than stiff or self-absorbed:  (via WSJ/Kyle T.Webster)

Think that Yammer, Jive, and all these new-fangled badges and flair going around you at the office is just a bunch of Gen-Y and/or Millennial nonsense?  Better get with the program… and learn how to be likable online.  It just may be the difference that gets you a promotion or raise.

From the WSJ: “…Social networking also places a premium on likability. More employers track employees’ likability on in-house social networks and chat services. They recruit those who are trusted and well-liked to spread information or push through changes. Some companies take these employees’ social clout into account when handing out raises and promotions…”

via Why Likability Matters More at Work – WSJ.com.

Drowning in our inboxes

The average office worker spends 28% of their day dealing with email, and another 33% gathering information and collaborating internally, according to the McKinsey Global Institute.

 

So, when exactly are we expected to get any “real” work done?  Well, it looks like there may be some relief on the horizon.

Two companies are currently pursuing markedly divergent approaches to the email conundrum, but both share a common vision of a post-email workplace being not too far down the road for an increasingly larger % of the workforce:

  • Slack combines  all of a knowledge worker’s incoming feeds into one unified information “stream” (sound familiar?)
  • Cotap uses a texting-like approach with an app that  promises “real-time, secure, and easy mobile messaging”

via Kill Email, Or Leapfrog It? – ReadWrite.

Nobody expects the Zuckerberg acquisition…

Ed note: Wrote this post earlier in the week, before the news broke about Facebook’s purchase of Whatsapp for…  

Game over, man. Game. Frickin’. Over.
If you don’t get it, you’re just too young to read this blog.

Did you think the Google purchase of Waze for $966 million was a major purchase?  Or Yahoo taking a tumble for Tumblr at just over $1 billion?  These were just some of the high-profile acquisitions that took place during 2013:

“When one tech giant gobbles up another major player, like in the (ed. note: $7.2 billion) Microsoft and Nokia deal, the whole world talks about it. However, most of us are not aware that these media empires actually purchase companies by the dozen each year. Most of the time, the purchase price is not disclosed, but it is safe to say that it usually amounts to tens of millions of dollars.” (emphasis mine)

Only “tens of millions” of dollars?  I hope that these startups hold out until they get all the extras, including… Anyway – there’s a decent  infographic showing the leaderboard for 2013 available below:

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