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Davos 2015: how to follow the World Economic Forum annual meeting on social media

Posted by Estelle Metayer on 17 January 2015 | 0 Comments

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You know when it’s Davos time when your friends and colleagues on Twitter drop the “D” word, and when on January 20th your twitter feed gets inundated by pictures of a cute red train trolling through the foothills of Switzerland as participants make the annual pilgrimage to the small Swiss village. If you are not part of the lucky few, you can still follow the event from the comfort of your home or office. Here is a primer on the how and where. I will update regularly as more information is released.

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What’s to Like with the Facebook Dislike button

Posted by Estelle Metayer on 12 January 2015 | 0 Comments

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When Zuckerberg hinted in December 2014 that Facebook was considering a dislike button, the media were quick to react and point out the many flaws of this idea: the possibility of cyberbullying, of fostering hate feelings, and many other potential negatives.

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Davos 2014: how to follow the World Economic Forum annual meeting on social media

Posted by Estelle Metayer on 9 January 2014 | 5 Comments

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Davos is around the corner. If you have not yet received the coveted invitation, you can still follow the event from the comfort of your home or office. Over 2000 executives, heads of state, academics, NGOs, thought-leaders, social entrepreneurs and technology pioneers will meet, talk, debate, often disagree. Many of those conversations exit the walls of the Davos Congress center so that you can participate. Here is a primer on the how and where. I will update regularly as more information is released.

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50 Competitive Intelligence Analysis Techniques

Posted by Estelle Metayer on 7 October 2013 | 4 Comments

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Analysis is often where the ball drops as far as competitive intelligence analysts are concerned. Yet this is the only way the team can truly extract insights from the data and the intelligence gathered, and have a chance to play a role in the company’s strategic planning process. You will find below 50 analysis techniques you should master. This is not a complete list, and it should be adapted depending on the strategic needs of your company, as well as the nature of your business.

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Back-to-school in 2030: what could it look like ?

Posted by Estelle Metayer on 5 September 2013 | 0 Comments

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On that morning of the new school year 2030, Juliette is smiling. She is starting a new year and she is looking forward to meeting up with her friends. This will be different from these endless summer discussions on Virtuchat.

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Picking up weak signals in the new digital age: HR challenges

Posted by Estelle Metayer on 11 June 2013 | 1 Comments

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In 1996, Ralph Stacey said “ At least 90% of textbooks on strategic management are devoted to that part of the management task which is relatively easy: the running of the organizational machine in as surprise-free a way as possible. On the contrary, the real management task is that of handling the exceptions, coping with and even using unpredicability, clashing counter-cultures. The task has to do with instability, irregularity, difference and disorder.” ( Strategic Management & Organizational Dynamics). I have taught now for over 15 years to managers and senior executives, and have found little evidence in  business school of training that focuses on that skill. How can one help and train corporate executives to cope with unpredictability?

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Who is the most influential corporate governance tweeter in 2013 ?

Posted by Estelle Metayer on 23 April 2013 | 7 Comments

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For the third year, this article summarizes the results of the ranking of the most influential experts on Twitter debating corporate governance issues and trends. There are quite a few new faces this year in the TOP 25, an illustration of the dynamism of this community.

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Davos 2013: how to follow the World Economic Forum annual meeting on social media

Posted by Estelle Metayer on 14 January 2013 | 3 Comments

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Author's Edit - January 9, 2014: Updated article to remove dead links and resources that are no longer available.

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2012, month by month

Posted by Estelle Metayer on 18 December 2012 | 0 Comments

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As 2012 unfolds, a look back on lessons learned, and where my work, and my clients's needs and challenges took me this year. Quite a journey...

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Social media is giving companies fresh strategic insight

Posted by Martin Harrysson, Estelle Metayer, Hugo Sarrazin on 13 November 2012 | 0 Comments

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In this article, which I co-published yesterday with Martin Harrysson and Hugo Sarrazin in the McKinsey Quarterly, we discuss how social media is opening opportunities for companies to collect and hunt fresh strategic insight from social media and how social technologies can play a surprisingly central role in how information is sourced, collected, analyzed, and distributed. Social Media is not displacing current methods of intelligence gathering, but emerges as a strong complement. As it does, social-intelligence literacy will become a critical asset for C-level executives and board members seeking the best possible basis for their decisions.

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