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Denovati SMART Blog Posts

Denovati SMART Blog posts explore the applications and implications of social and digital technologies in organizations from both conceptual and tactical perspectives. Focusing on both opportunities and challenges, the Denovati SMART Blog is primarily targeted to organizational leaders and others who are in the early stages of climbing their social media and digital technology learning curves. People with more advanced knowledge can also benefit from the ideas conveyed, in addition to adding their own expertise and perspectives by commenting on specific posts and contributing their own content.

  • The Bricks and Mortar of Digital Transformation

    The Bricks and Mortar of Digital Transformation

    Successful digital transformation in organizations is built on a foundation of strategic goals and objectives.The building blocks are leadership, governance, digital competencies, education and training, and change management. An organization's culture is the mortar that connects and binds everything together. All organizations will be transformed by social and digital technologies - it's a question of WHEN, not IF. Rather than waiting for a disruption that requires revolutionary change, organizations and their leaders are well advised to take an evolutionary approach to digital transformation - and they should start immediately. (April 17, 2014)

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  • 11 Lessons about Digital Communities from Rome – A Photo Essay

    11 Lessons about Digital Communities from Rome – A Photo Essay

    It may be an ancient, bricks and mortar city, but the buildings, infrastructure and inhabitants of Rome offer many design insights into cyberspace, particularly when it comes to building, maintaining, and participating in digital communities. This post shares 11 lessons, organized into three feng shui-inspired themes: balancing the old and the new, letting rules serve as guides not edicts, and recognizing the fundamental humanity of digital communities. Additional ideas and examples are welcome. (April 15, 2014)

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  • Social and Digital Engagement: You Can’t Outsource Leadership

    Social and Digital Engagement: You Can’t Outsource Leadership

    Effective social and digital engagement requires informed and active involvement from the top of the organization. Although it may be appropriate to outsource and delegate some responsibility and many activities, it's not in an organization's best interests to outsource leadership. To achieve the best results, leaders must educate themselves, develop a strategic, integrated approach to leveraging social and digital technologies, allocate resources to maximize effectiveness and reduce risk, and make a personal commitment. (April 7, 2014)

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  • Digital Literacy: Denovati SMART Courses and More

    Digital Literacy: Denovati SMART Courses and More

    As the new digital divide continues to grow, many people realize they (and others) may not have the knowledge and skills needed for professional success, so the issue of digital literacy is increasingly on their radar. This post provides information about how The Denovati Group and its Founder are addressing digital literacy through online courses, in-person presentations and workshops, and a general commitment to increasing awareness and promoting action. (April 3, 2014)

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  • What Factors are Relevant to Becoming a Social Enterprise?

    What Factors are Relevant to Becoming a Social Enterprise?

    Many leaders are still trying to figure out whether, when and how they should begin to transform their organization into a “social enterprise.” This post addresses the organizational and workforce characteristics that should be considered in making that decision and taking the necessary actions by addressing three sets of factors: those that matter less than people think, those that matter more than people think, and the one factor that matters most of all. (March 27, 2014)

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  • Social Media Reality Check: Four Mental Shifts Leaders Need to Make

    Social Media Reality Check: Four Mental Shifts Leaders Need to Make

    This Social Media Reality Check addresses four key mental shifts organizational leaders must make to accept new Digital Era realities and move forward. These shifts include recognizing changes in the balance of power, accepting loss of control, developing new perspectives on productivity, and viewing social technology integration as mandatory rather than optional. (March 24, 2014)

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  • The Humanity of the Web: Reflections of a Social Computing Evangelist

    The Humanity of the Web: Reflections of a Social Computing Evangelist

    After a rocky start with technology, I chose to pursue the humanities instead. Over time I learned to appreciate and embrace technology's capabilities. Realizing the power of the Social Web in particular, I became a Social Computing Evangelist. To prove the value of social technologies, I decided in 2008 to "live a life without email." Six years later my belief and commitment are unshaken. What makes the Social Web so special is its ability to humanise us, to remind us all of our ability to connect, share and build relationships with others no matter where they may be in this world. It helps us regain our sense of belonging to a group, our tribe. (March 18, 2014)

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  • Dressing for Success in Cyberspace: Give Yourself a Digital Make-Over

    Dressing for Success in Cyberspace: Give Yourself a Digital Make-Over

    You pride yourself on your professional appearance and demeanor. You strive to create and maintain a strong identity and reputation within your organization, with your clients and peers, and in your industry. But are you as diligent a custodian of your professional brand in cyberspace as you are in the physical world? If not, you probably need a digital make-over… This post helps you dress for success in cyberspace by providing guidance for critiquing, updating, and maintaining your digital presence to convey a positive professional identity in all aspects of your career. (March 16, 2014)

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  • Social and Digital Technology Trends: 9 Take-Aways for YOU

    Social and Digital Technology Trends: 9 Take-Aways for YOU

    The evolution of social and digital technologies proceeds unabated. We continue to witness dramatic changes, and it’s safe to say that the anticipated changes promise to be equally profound. Even if you don’t consider yourself an early adopter or are a digital Luddite, it’s virtually impossible to avoid the impact of these changes both personally and professionally. This post offers nine bottom-line insights about what technology trends mean for both individuals and organizations. (March 11, 2014)

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  • Social Media in 10 Minutes a Day? 7 Reasons not to be Fooled

    Social Media in 10 Minutes a Day? 7 Reasons not to be Fooled

    Although it’s generally well intentioned, most of the advice for engaging via social media in 10 minutes a day (or similar short timeframes) is misguided, misleading, and misrepresentative – especially for social media rookies. This post offers seven reasons why, and suggests more realistic and practical approaches for individuals and organizations to find ways to engage efficiently and effectively, not just in the short term but over the long haul. (March 7, 2014)

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