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Collaboration is not a dirty word

By Ant Cousins, Director of Customer Success at ProFinda.

My first LinkedIn article on the seven reasons your enterprise social media project might fail was quite popular and seemed to resonate with a lot of people. Two years on I thought I’d take...

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ProFinda profiled...

In the second of our series of ProFinda profiled insights about the people behind the company: ProFinda - we hear from Marketing Assistant – Illy Coruk.

As a child I attended ballet lessons from the age of six. I grew up with an older ballerina cousin...

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#WorldEntrepreneursDay 2017

By Vicky Holdsworth, Marketing Director at ProFinda.

As the Marketing Director at ProFinda, with my second hat on as one of the Founding Partners of the WOF network and over my career so far - I have been lucky enough to meet with, be challenged by...

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Turning Workforce Guesswork into Talent Science Part 2: Ensuring Success

[Originally published by HCI]

The intimidation that comes with talent management can be reduced with the help of new solutions – answers to leaders’ questions about making sure the management strategy works, having the right management systems in...

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170 years from now to reach gender equality?

By guest writer Faye Holland, Founder and Director at Cofinitive.

During this year’s Davos, World Economic Forum research stated it would take us 170 years to reach gender equality, based on the speed it’s currently developing. Having now got up from...

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Ancient Reasons to Stop and Think

By guest writer Euan Semple, Director at euansemple.com.

We are encouraged to focus on anything but our own thoughts, but stopping to think is our secret weapon

2000 years ago Stoic philosophers had a very practical approach to life. Theirs wasn...

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Is Publicis Groupe too late to the party?

By Seb Haire, co-Founder at ProFinda.

Publicis Groupe recently announced that they will be building an AI driven digital platform, Marcel, to transform and accelerate their business capabilities. How? Well, it will index and map people’s skills through...

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Liquid Talent Pool part 1

By Seb Haire, co-Founder at ProFinda.

Accenture, Deloitte, KPMG, EY, Grant Thornton, Aon, Mercer… what do all these companies have in-common (other than the obvious fact that they are all consultancies)? Their aggressive move into selling the notion...

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7 things you need to know about Enterprise 3.0

By Ant Cousins, Director of Customer Success at ProFinda.

You may recall Enterprise 2.0 being coined as a term way back in 2006 as the use of new web 2.0 or ‘social’ tools inside the organisation. Their introduction was supposed to revolutionise the...

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Turning Workforce Guesswork into Talent Science Part 1: Getting your Data in Order

[Originally published by HCI]

Harnessing the power of data is a heavily debated topic for the future. Data from ProFinda’s previous webcast: ‘Harnessing the Power of Data: How Do We Leverage Our Opportunities for Success?’ from Nov. 2016 found that...

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5 tips to create a skills marketplace

By Ant Cousins, Director of Customer Success at ProFinda.

Marketplaces continue to fundamentally change the way we buy products and services in our daily lives. From the disruption of the high-street retailers by online giants such as eBay and Amazon...

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The ultimate form of internal mobility

By Seb Haire, co-Founder at ProFinda.

There has been so much written lately about the gig economy, the uber-ization of work and several other buzzwords to make being a freelancer cool, Seb Haire, at ProFinda, on the other hand, prefers to say workforce...

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Strategies for tech adoption in a Cloud Computing Environment

By Ant Cousins, Director of Customer Success at ProFinda.

Looking for tips for a successful tech roll out? Look no further - last month ProFinda's Director of Customer Success; Ant Cousins, ran a workshop on this very topic at CloserStill Media's...

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7 barriers to collaborative working and how to overcome them

By Ant Cousins, Director of Customer Success at ProFinda.

Collaboration is a buzz word that's been used and abused a lot over the last few years, especially with the growth of Enterprise Social Network tools claiming to ‘make it happen’.

The simple...

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ProFinda profiled...

In the first of our series of ProFinda profiled insights about the people behind the company: ProFinda - we hear from Software Developer - Piotr Kaczmarek.

"As a teenager stoked on US Air Force promo vids, I wanted to become a pilot. I found out that...

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Are you creating the right environment?

By guest writer Jill Clancy.

So, to enable internal collaboration, you recognise that you need to change your organisational structures, you’ve created more ways in which you can communicate with others in your various locations through the use of...

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The War on Talent

By Seb Haire, co-Founder at ProFinda.

The ‘War on Talent’ will be won by re-phrasing this statement to ‘Enabling Talent’, says Sebastian Haire, from ProFinda.

I was recently on a webcast panel run by The Human Capital Institute discussing the War...

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International Women's day

By Roger Gorman, CEO and Founder of ProFinda

Building our company journey has spanned 15 years, multiple sleepless nights and a huge amount of hard work. But building a company isn’t a solo task - and throughout the journey I have sought advice and...

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Organisations built for collaboration

By guest writer Jill Clancy.

Do you have the best organisational structures, systems and behaviours in place to encourage collaboration and trust to thrive? In my previous blog, I talked about the complex structures of a spider’s web – they could...

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The Nexus Economy - the rise of a new leadership era

With the increasing demand for new ways to manage an organisation’s talent - and the rise of new leadership styles - we sat down with Ross Nicholson co-founder of Six Degree People, a people strategy firm operating in Europe, US, Asia and Africa, who...

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A spider’s web of collaboration

By guest writer Jill Clancy.

We often talk about how we work collaboratively or in collaboration with others – but we usually mean those external to our own organisation or network or entity. For example: clients; partners; supply chain; government...

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Supply Chain 2.0

By Seb Haire, co-Founder at ProFinda.

It’s an exciting time. The world is changing, companies are changing, the concept of work itself is changing. There’s the Gig Economy, the uberization of work, the portfolio career. All terms that have come into...

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If music be the food of love, play on

By guest writer Alexander Low, Founder at BeyondSales.

There is much debate and insight online at the moment which says 2017 is going to be the year of the internal social network. A great piece here by Andrew Grill at IBM, whom if you are not following...

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Harnessing the Power of Data: How Do We Leverage Our Opportunities for Success?

[Originally published by HCI]

In partnership with Human Capital Institute (HCI) and ProFinda, presented by: Antony Cousins and David Creelman.

Webcast Highlights:

  • What unexpected data do we have?
  • Practical examples of the power of people analytics

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7 reasons traditional knowledge management is dead

By Ant Cousins, Director of Customer Success at ProFinda.

10 years ago I was working for the Ministry of Defence promoting the use of Microsoft SharePoint to improve our knowledge management. It didn't go well. It was an early version of SharePoint...

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The need to empower our collective talent

By Seb Haire, co-Founder at ProFinda.

The world isn’t working as it should and things need to change. We have seen this in the current political environment, with a new establishment taking power and the repelling of conventional wisdom from the...

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7 Reasons we're overloaded by change

By Ant Cousins, Director of Customer Success at ProFinda.

  1. It’s difficult to say no to a good idea

    Especially when it comes from a senior leader. And as senior leaders tend to be mentally ‘ahead’ of the business, thinking of all the things...

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Why online talent platforms are not just a recruitment opportunity

By guest writer - HR Tech Expert Barry Flack

Oh talent platforms, we’ve been expecting you. Is the latest technology-enabled wave seeking to either radically alter the way we do business or just repackaging the same unchanging world of source, assess...

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Your people make or break your strategy

By guest writer Philip Alexander, CEO of Mentorial

Not all strategy is good strategy. Sometimes it fails because of poor logic, sometimes exogenous factors make it no longer relevant. Equally, the best strategy can fail to be executed, often because...

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Social technologies, the kiss of death!

By Roger Gorman, Founder & CEO at ProFinda.

Since around 2003, organizations have been going crazy for the ‘social tool’. The belief was, understandably: social platforms = social businesses.

And, well we all want a more socialized business, right...

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Which Tribe Are You?

By Roger Gorman, Founder & CEO at ProFinda.

Preamble

Excitingly companies everywhere seem to suddenly be striving for a hyper-collaborative and hyper- connected workforce.

McKinsey claim this area of internal collaboration ‘interaction work’ is...

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Pre-determinism: Trump, business and AI

By Seb Haire, co-Founder at ProFinda.

I feel like I need to say something on the topic as everyone else is. However, I’m going to go down a philosophical route on this one, not political. I studied philosophy and politics at university and to be honest...

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Do organisations understand the meaning of flexible working?

By James Harris, Sales and Marketing Manager at ProFinda.

Like many of you I spend my time searching for leads and opportunities via LinkedIn, and whilst I come across quite a bit of relevant content I am surprised by some posts (no, I am not referring...

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HCI Webcast: The Survivor’s Guide to the Workforce of the Future

[Originally published by HCI]

Embracing the revolution of tech in the digital age requires a different approach to the way work gets done. Learn about the evolution of work and how organizations are adapting to change while discovering real world...

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7 things ‘Teams’ tell us Microsoft hasn’t learnt from Yammer

By Ant Cousins, Director of Customer Success at ProFinda.

Wow. With Microsoft Teams it seems they’re really doubling down on that $1.2b investment in Yammer back in 2012. Despite historically low engagement and a lack of reported ROI from using the...

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What is the driving power behind a successful community?

By Seb Haire, co-Founder at ProFinda.

As innately social creatures, we thrive being part of communities. Since the dark ages we have belonged to a tribe, community, grouping, company, town, county, country, region. It’s something we take great pride...

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Is “the war for talent” part of your business strategy?

Part 2 — by guest writer Rod Haire, Managing Director at Asia Carbon Search.

How are companies embracing technology solutions to better understand their in-house talent?

In part 1 — of ‘the war for talent’ I looked at the way companies manage their...

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Are we embracing the internal gig economy?

By James Harris, Sales and Marketing Manager at ProFinda.

If commentators on the future of work are correct, many of us will follow portfolio careers, work a maximum of 3 days a week, and start a yoga retreat in our abundant spare time.

I personally...

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Is “the war for talent” part of your business strategy?

Part 1 — by guest writer Rod Haire, Managing Director at Asia Carbon Search.

“The war for talent”, was a phrase coined by some McKinsey Partners in the late 1990s as part of a study about how attracting, developing and retaining talent should be a...

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What makes a great leader?

By Seb Haire, co-Founder at ProFinda.

Leadership is a funny old thing and something that at some point in your life we will all have to deal with. This could be in sports, youth work, teaching, corporate or political environments. All have their unique...

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Why do some start-ups succeed? 5 tips to take you to success

By Seb Haire, co-Founder at ProFinda.

Having worked in the start-up world for almost a decade, I have been lucky enough to have been an external advisor, mentor, angel investor and a co-founder. Through my experience I have gained insight and formed...

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Curing one of the deadly diseases to create a workforce of the future

By James Harris, Sales and Marketing Manager at ProFinda.

Thirty years ago Dr.W. Edwards Deming enlightened us with his “5 Deadly Diseases” - what he considered to be the biggest barriers faced by management when improving effectiveness and performance...

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7 reasons why your Enterprise Social Media project might fail

By Ant Cousins, Director of Customer Success at ProFinda.

Enterprise Social Media is the way forward! It’s the dawn of a new era in collaboration. It will kill email and make us all happier and more productive employees in flatter more agile organisations...

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Is Brexit just an excuse then?

By Seb Haire, co-Founder at ProFinda.

Looking back over the last few weeks there have been some momentous events that have certainly made or broken some businesses. Brexit has been banded around as an excuse for many things. People have pulled out...

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The Gorman Optimal Meeting Hypothesis

By James Harris, Sales and Marketing Manager at ProFinda.

Our CEO, Roger Gorman, often states that “There has never been an optimised meeting ever.” It is of course quite a bold statement to make, but it is worth thinking about.

Within a large global...

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How to get buy in for communicating change from ‘non-comms’… using a chocolate cake

By Ant Cousins, Director of Customer Success at ProFinda.

It’s often tricky to get support from senior stakeholders about communicating change effectively. We’ve all been there. You explain the likely impact on the internal audience of the change...

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7 reasons why email sucks

By Ant Cousins, Director of Customer Success at ProFinda.

Email is over 40 years old and according to Ray Tomlinson, the man that invented it, the content of that first email was ‘entirely forgettable’. Over 40 years later, not much has changed. Email...

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7 ways Artificial Intelligence can help Internal Communicators

By Ant Cousins, Director of Customer Success at ProFinda.

The business world is buzzing with terms like machine learning algorithms, Natural Language Processing (NLP) and sentiment analysis but these Artificial Intelligence or ‘AI’ tools are often...

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