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Communication, Social Media And The Organizational Silo

Organizational Silo

 

One of the things learned by the smallest of children are ways to communicate with their parents and others. They learn this at a very young age and it evolves from non-verbal to verbal communication.  It is essential, because it allows children to effectively communicate their needs to parents and caregivers.  This is one of the most important things children learn, and it will be used everyday for the rest of their lives.  Although we use it in every waking moment of our lives, communication is something that we don’t actively think about very often, that is until something changes.

 

Communication, personal and organizational, has changed due to the growth of technology and online communication.   Theses changes are primarily due to our evolution into a much more social oriented world.  The days of non-communication within the siloed organizational structure can no longer survive if they want to move organizations from where they were pre-technology to our current technology driven world.

 

The first change that must be made to improve overall communication, is to move organizations beyond the non-communicative, Siloed structure because it is no longer effective, not that I believe it ever was. It is even LESS effective now due to the growth of social media and evolution of communication beyond the non-sharing structure, which is typically associated with the organizational silo.

 

Organizations with a Siloed structure have obstructions in their ability to communicate effectively between departments. This structure may have been effective during the industrial age but it is ineffective now, more so due to the individual AND the organizational need to be more team oriented, to accomplish organizational goals.

 

Social media has opened the Pandora’s box of communication for individuals and organizations that are willing to embrace the benefits of a team oriented work environment.  Most organizations that have benefitted from embracing a more social, teamwork oriented work environment and open communication style are technology/digital-focused organizations. Others are lagging behind substantially which will prove to create many challenges as we are moving toward an organizational structure that is more collaborative.

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Organizational Silo is OUT Collaboration is IN

 

Gone are times when each department could work within their own little bubble. It is no longer the most productive way to do business and this is primarily because most organizations are heavily dependent up technology or will be in the not so distant future. In order to compete with competitors EVERY organization has to reorganize their siloed structure if they want to compete and thrive in an era where collaboration is imperative.

 

I have been in this industry for a while, long enough to see that there are some that have immediately recognized the shift in the world dynamic and others that are still just SO unaware. I say shift in the world dynamic, because this technology revolution is not just geared toward organizations but toward the entire world and has in fact changed the entire world.   I know that sounds dramatic, it even sounds dramatic as I am typing. However it is the truth, the world has really been altered, as a result of this drastic change in communication. Hence, the era when siloed organizations thrived is a thing of the past.   We must all embrace the changes, alter how we think, communicate and interact within the organization because WE have changed as individuals as well.

 

We all have literally changed HOW we communicate with friends, family, co-workers and colleagues.  How we interact with one another as individuals has changed every aspect of our daily lives.  We have moved so much beyond individual conversation, to the ability to participate in multiple levels of interaction within a social atmosphere.  The ability to become a part of the conversation by offering tiny tidbits or ourselves, images of our lives, video of our kids and or music dislikes and likes, our reading habit and so much more. These little bits of information that we’ve shared by way of social channels has slowly changed how we communicate with each other and changed how WE communicate within the organizational structure as well.  Siloed organizations no longer work.

 

So, as people change so must organizations, from the communication within those organizations to the very structure of the organization. How can organizations NOT change, when everyone around them has changed? The way we communicate has essentially changed us to the point that old school organizational communication is just NOT as effective as it once was. How can it be when the elements of the organization and the employees are no longer the same?

 

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Open Communication Is The Only Way

We are now living in an era of open communication, sometimes a little too open, but open nevertheless.  Due to our much more social world we also share much more than in the past. These are two of the biggest factors that should propel organizations to utilize the change in people to move organizations away from the organizational silo, which embodies dysfunctional lack of communication.  We must make strides to moved into a much more open, teamwork driven organization, which would thrive in this new era of sharing, open communication and collaboration.

 

Digital Marketing and a much more social world has really shredded the structural foundation of a siloed organization, primarily due to the change in communication and HOW communication must be handled within an organization NOW.  Technology is responsible for people almost being FORCED to venture outside of their bubble. Don’t panic, THIS is the first sign of positive organizational change within any organization. Change is good!

 

Digital marketing touches every aspect of an organization now so people that would NOT have worked together many years ago are almost forced to do so now. The growth of this technology and evolution of traditional marketing are creating scenarios in which workers must develop more of a team dynamic if they want to see company growth.

 

No longer can there be an organizational separation of company and technology, because technology touches every aspect of the organizations no matter the perception. The evolution of the organization has started with the individuals that are within that organization and it will continue to evolve, ready or not. Companies must start to recognize these changes, adapt to the changes that have already taken place and that are beyond the control of the current organizational structure. Organizations must be willing to no only add technology in its minimal form but embrace ALL of the change that go along with the growth of this technology. Technology is NOT an afterthought and is not optional anymore.  Why, you ask?  Because technology growth is speeding up NOT slowing down, it is mandatory that organizations see beyond what was, to what is now and things to come in the future. This starts with addressing HOW individuals communicate within the organization and make immediate changes if the structure is out of sync with the individuals within the organization.

 

The take away:

It’s time to stop viewing technology as an organizational after thought and embrace all that it has to offer, even if it is change. Change is good!

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#Technology and #Entrepreneurship: The Answer To The Recession?? [Infographic]

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We are in a recession, no doubt about that and it is tough. However recession and a tough economy can bring out the entrepreneur spirit in many people.  In tough times people are almost forced to step it up.   Some of the greatest companies in the world were created during tough economic times.  There are many, one of those companies is Apple, can you believe that?

 

 

Amazing stuff!  It seems that due to our own economic downturn we could very well be in the middle of our own entrepreneurship boom and I think a lot of that is fueled by the super quick growth of technology.  Take a look at the infographic below to give you an idea of where innovation is happening:

 


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#Cloud Computing & Smacking Down Old School Organizational Structures

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I recently wrote about organizations with old school marketing departments and how they will be soon rendered useless. Well, I think I was less harsh with the phrasing, however you all know what I mean. Well, if you think beyond the Marketing Departments of these organizations you will realize that companies and organizations that have held on to an old school way of marketing are usually holding on to an old school way of doing business as well.

Old school organizational structures are a thing of the past. This is primarily due to the growth of technology, social media and companies becoming more global.  As technology grows so does the mindset of employees and potential employees. This can present a challenge to organziations if they are running the company as they did in 1980. We will not even discuss companies that have not changed their way of operating since  the 1960′s or before.

Times have changed, people have changed, technology has changed and companies have to adapt their business structure accordingly.  Some technology changes that have had the biggest impact on workers are mobile technologies. These technologies allow workers to think outside of The CUBE. This means that options for talented employees will grow due to the ability to become more mobile with the growth of technology.  Technology is allowing employees to think outside of their immediate commutable area because they are reaching the point in technology growth that they will no longer be limited by distance. Mobile technology is allowing this to happen right before our eyes. The advancement in computer technologies which has brought us Tablets and Smartphones has moved us that much closer to  true mobility in workplace or workforce I should say.

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Cloud computing is one of the final pieces of the puzzle that will allow employees to be totally mobile. This is HUGE for employees because it will allow them to unchain themselves from their cubicle.  This is a great thing for employees that are thinking of  expanding their opportunities. However this may present challenges to the old school organization that have not remained abreast of the growth in technologies.

Cloud computing will allow workplaces to essential remove the need to have a huge server/computer room which is currently used for maintaining data storage and integrity.  Cloud computing allows this data to be stored in “The Cloud”  which allows the information to be ready accessible by all with permission to utilize it. Can we say HUGE??

If companies are able to implement this properly it will allow employees to be cubicle-less and totally mobile. Although this is huge for employees because it would allow them the ability to work from home, work from the beach, work from a little bistro in Italy if they choose. This can also benefit employers as well.

Companies can view this as a negative as some old school organizations may, but it can be viewed as a positive for companies as well. As an organization that is receptive to change, has embraced new technologies, and a change in organizational structure this will give them the opportunity to scout talent beyond the local area. This means increasing the chances of implementing a more global employee base. The ability to grab the best and most talent employees from any location in the world will increase with the acceptance of  Cloud Computing.  Again, this is HUGE.

So ultimately everyone can view these technological advancements as a win win for all. Cloud Computing is a game changer to employees and employers. How we chose to view these changes will determine how we adapt moving forward as employees and employers.

 

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Tablets, #Cloud Computing and #SemanticWeb Will Change How Organizations Do Business

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Technology has touched practically every aspect or our lives, but has had the greatest impact on businesses and organizations.   We cannot go a day without having contact with some form of technology,  whether its laptops, mobile phones , tech gadgets or other forms of Internet Technology.

Organizations are really in a unique position as they can view the technology changes as a positive or a negative. One of the challenges to organizations is the rate at which technology is growing and implementing strategies to keep up with the changes. For individuals it is a bit easier, but for organizations adapting to the growth of technology it is a bit more complicated and I do not anticipate it becoming easier as time goes by.

A few things that will really change organizations in the very near future is Tablets, Cloud Computing and Semantic Web. These technologies will offer a workforce and workplace flexibility that we have never experienced before because these technologies will allow a lot more mobility.

Tablets are becoming really mainstream because they offer the ability to use technology anytime and anyplace. Tablets allow the mobility of a cellular phone but the capabilities of a traditional computer. As tablets expand with newer and more exciting bells and whistles the popularity will increase. When popularity of items increase they become more mainstream which can act to drive the price down.  Soon everyone will have tablets and more organizations will be forced to adapt to tablet usage. This will be the beginning of a new kind of workplace that includes employees with the ability to be more mobile than ever before. This will change the employees perception of the workplace as well as how organizations function.  Organizations will have to adapt to a much different structure based on the growth of a more mobile workforce.

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Cloud Computing has the potential to be HUGE and when fully realized will turn the work place, as we know it upside down.  In the earlier days of technology, when organizations incorporated technology by way of desktop computers, servers, storage and other computer technology was needed to take care of the large amounts of data stored.  The growth of Cloud Computing eliminates the need for data storage located in onsite computer rooms by creating information storage in The Cloud. This too creates a huge opportunity for companies to implement a much more mobile workspace and workforce.

Semantic Web is something that is not in our immediate future but will definitely take technology to another level.  With the growth of so many different technologies at such a super quick rate of speed we have become inundated with an abundance of data. All of this data is in different formats, are using different programs and applications so there are a lot of incompatibility issues. With the implementation of Semantic Web, data will be created and or recreated to be more compatible. So data will be created in a compatible way which would eventually allow the technologies to communicate, literally. That ROCKS!

So as individuals we can view all of these things as super cool and consider the implications that they will have to our personal technology and gadgets.  However as an organization, this his huge and will definitely have a huge effect on how things are run now and in the future.  So as business owners we must start to educate ourselves on some of these technolgies so that we will be ready to implement them WHEN the time comes.

The growth of technology is very exciting to individuals but can create challenges to organizations, education is the best way to prepare for coming changes.

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The World is Becoming a HUGE place, Time To Go Global

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I wrote a blog post about moving companies into a global space. A huge part of my thought process was based on an amazing opportunity presented to move even the smallest company into a global space. The reason that it can be done is the growth of technology which allow us to effecitvely communicate, reach out and meet people from so many different countries. This is a definite opportunity that we did not have before the growth of technology.

Another reason to look beyond business expansion just within our local area is the growth of populations in some of the other countries around the world. We have grown in our ability to reach out to other countries based on technology and we have huge population growths in these countries as well. This gives us an opportunity to work with amazing and diverse populations by expanding globally.

Take a look below to see how much our populations are growing and in which countries they are growing the most.

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The Benefits of Expanding Your Business Into A Global Market

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The biggest change that has happened in the last fifteen years is the monumental growth in technology. This has played a huge role in changes for students, individuals and organizations.  The most drastic change has happened within organizations, as they have had to adapt the entire organization to technological changes.  Changes such as this can sometimes be quite a challenge, especially when things change at such a fast pace as the growth of technology within the past few years. .

Businesses and Business Managers can view these technology changes as obstacles or opportunities. These changes should be viewed as opportunities that will be both beneficial to current employees and the entire organization.

The evolution of change started about 15 years ago with the growth of technology.

Early Technology:  Organizations were driven by less savvy technology which  allowed for a very traditional workforce and did not offer much flexibility to embrace Global Expansion. 

  • Landlines
  • Typewriters
  • Fax Machines

Technology In the mid 1990’s: Set the path for moving toward embracing a global workforce. The introduction of more advanced technologies set us on the path toward a much more global workplace. 

  • Internet
  • Web 1.0
  • Cell phones

Present: Allows for the growth of a global workforce. The advancement of the following technologies put the mainstream workforce directly in the path to expand globally. 

  • Technology Growth
  • Web 2.0
  • Smart Phones
  • Growth of Freelancers

Near Future: Will allow all to totally embrace a global world.   Some of the more advance technologies that are in the works now will set us all on a path to the ability to become a totally global workforce. 

As technology grows organizations have to grow with them and Business Managers are in a unique position to make this happen if they take the necessary steps needed to create and embrace change. With any new growth there will be challenges and benefits for all involved, including Business Managers.

Challenges:

  • Technology Expansion
  • Cultural Barriers
  • Time Differences

Technology Expansion: The initial challenge that would have to be tackled is to ensure that we are, as an organization capable of handling the technology needed to expand into a global workplace.  With a few additions to our technology and someone to oversee the changes there should be a smooth transition.

  • Skype: Offers a way to communicate online with people from all over the world.
  • Google+ Is a way for teams to communicate by using the popular Hangout teleconferencing feature.
  • Smart phones that are equipped with Internet
  • Laptops and or Tablets for mobile communication

Cultural Barriers: Sometimes cultural and language barriers can be an obstacle with expanding globally. This can be overcome with training and proper staffing.

Time Zone Differences: When dealing with states there has to be an ability to adapt to time zone differences.  So when going global this will be a challenge as well.  Time zone differences also can be overcome with proper planning and staff.

Benefits:

  • Diversity in the workplace
  • Global Employment Capabilities
  • Expanding Global Reach

Diversity in the workplace: When we open the doors to different types of people, it brings a different perspective to projects. This is an essential function if we want to compete and excel in an increasingly global world.

Global Employment Capabilities: When we select to expand our global reach we really open the door to finding amazing talent beyond just our local area. We can add team members from any county in the world. That is HUGE.

When we select to bring in people from different countries and cultures, it offers a different perspective to our projects and environment.  This could act to give a wide variety of unique, creative and diverse views within our organization. A fresh approach in business will give us a competitive edge and that is beneficial to organizational growth and increased sales.

Expanding Global Reach: When we expand our employment capabilities this allows us to expand our global reach.  This is a direct result of the growth of technology, which allows us to reach beyond just our local tri-state area. We can now extend our organizational capabilities to many other areas. This could increase our company reach, expose our brand to new clients, increase sales and allow us to explore a totally different market.

Conclusion:

The world is an ever changing place and we are becoming a much more global world. It is very beneficial to embrace these changes for the greater good of current employees, future employees and the organization as a whole.

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