How Does Checking Work Email Affect Your Business Efficiency?

During the Cisco Live Empowered Women’s Network session Sunday afternoon, we had a round table discussion about work/life balance—specifically, how often we check work email and how hard it is to unplug. It’s difficult to improve business efficiency when our focus is all over the place. Our session moderator and Cisco Executive, Kim Majerus, posed the question, “How do you unplug?” As we went around the table I was amazed at how many of the women I was seated with just don’t unplug from email. Ever. They check work email all the time. Taking a Break … to Improve Business
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Dimension Data Takes Employee Training to a Whole NEW Dimension!

We are lucky enough to work with some amazing partners. Recently one of our partners, Dimension Data, invited us into their elite training facility to work with their sales and engineering staff. What an amazing experience. As if running a multi billion-dollar organization with locations and staff spread out world-wide isn’t stressful enough, imagine employee training for such a massive operation. Think about the trouble of trying to bring a group of internationally based consultants, architects and managers together. It’s no easy task! The employees we’re talking about are folks with major account and/or unique practice responsibilities ranging from hosted
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Meet the VXSuite Channel Managers at Cloud Partners Show New Orleans

Attending the Cloud Partners Show in New Orleans next month? Join Kurt Karshick and Ron Campbell, our VXSuite Channel Managers as they walk the Cloud Partners Show and check out the latest in cloud offerings. The cloud has changed everything in the channel—business models, sales cycles, the conversation at the point of the customer and the vendors that partners are working with to meet customer demands. All of the modules in VXSuite are available as a cloud service or an on-premises offering. This allows our customers the flexibility of a deployment that fits their needs. VXSuite Wants to Talk! Ron
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Big Data is not as important as UCC Analytics

There is a lot of buzz about Big Data. It’s awesome for some applications but sometimes I wonder if Big Data is simply an outgrowth of the fact that we have so much data available to us these days. Like we are finding a way to justify the existence of it all. Finding patterns in massive data sets has tremendous value. But in a practical sense it is often more valuable to drill into the data analytics. This is where UCC Analytics come in. UCC Analytics and Big Data I have a friend suffering from heart disease at a pretty
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Platte River Technology Showcase – Baseball, Cloud Technology and a Cold One!

Set in the heart of downtown Denver, Coors Field is a fantastic spot to host a technology forum. And to my luck, Platte River Networks held their annual Platte River Technology Showcase at the Coors Field Rooftop last week. It’s the newest hot spot at Coors Field – a perfect mix of seating area and concourse with just enough room to house the booths of the vendors participating in the technology showcase. The goal? Support our partner, meet every person and company, assess their needs, offer a solution, and make new friends. Plus we get to enjoy a great game of
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HABIT #5 – Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

This is the fifth post in our 7 Habits for Highly Successful Communication Managers. As we work to be less reactionary (Habit #1 – Be Proactive), have a clear strategy (Habit #2 – Begin with the End in Mind), and work to prioritize tasks (Habit #3 – Putting First Things First), we must have an overarching goal for everyone to win (Habit #4 – Think Win-Win). From Habit #4, Think Win-Win, we move to Habit #5, Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood. According to Steven R. Covey, “Communication is the most important skill in life.” You spend years learning
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Why Universal Communication Makes Me Hate Email Less

I use email all day every day. I send hundreds of emails a week. It is a critical part of our business and we couldn’t exist without it. So why do I hate it? I can’t count all the ways, but in summary I think it is because it has turned from a communication tool into a CYA (cover your a**) tool, an “avoid real interaction” tool, an “I’m too busy to function.” tool, and an excuse that makes us feel like we are working, when sometimes we are just avoiding real work. You all know what I mean. We’ve
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The coolest things I saw at my first Cisco Live 2014

I am flying back from my first experience with Cisco Live 2014. I really enjoyed the experience and, like them or hate them, Cisco knows how to turn out a crowd. With 20,000 plus people navigating the 4 or 5 venues, they owned San Francisco – and that is hard to do. I have always really enjoyed companies who can launch an idea and back it up with strategy and focus, and Cisco brought both. They had a team of people who all bought into the vision – from John Chambers, CEO, on down.  We were able to participate in the new
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