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A travel guide for your social collaboration road trip

A travel guide for your social collaboration road trip

“Companies can successfully implement a new tool from a technological point of view, but a lot of people then use the tool in the old mindset, which is somewhat conflicting.”

– Geert Nijs

Geert Nijs has almost finished writing his book “A travel guide for your social collaboration road trip”, which is an ingenious alternative to the traditional user guide or training manual. Just as you would read up before visiting a new city, this book is designed to help users discover the tool – allowing them to visit the bits that interest them and skip the bits that don’t.

Recorded in person at a DWG Member Meeting in Amsterdam, Paul talks to Geert and Syngenta’s Nicki Allitt about this new approach and the power of storytelling in behavioural and organizational change.

The trio discuss bringing stories to life; digital conversations; how actions speak louder than words; and why more organizations aren’t telling their stories.

Show notes, links and resources for this episode:
Digital Workplace 24
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Nicki Allitt, Global Head of Communications, Engagement and Change at Syngenta International

Nicki Allitt is the Head of Communications for Corporate Functions and Internal Communications Digital Strategy at Syngenta International, based in Switzerland. Previously she worked at Shell International in The Netherlands in various communication roles and, before that, in Dubai at the seven-star Burj Al Arab Hotel in communications and public relations. Before embarking on her international communications career, she was in her home country of Australia, where she worked in communications at the Seven Television Network, including on the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Nicki is also an accredited executive coach. She is a keen sportsperson who competes for fun in triathlons and marathons.

Geert Nijs, Learning Architect

Working in different teams at a Belgian bank on process related topics, Geert Nijs became passionate about the possibilities of social collaboration. He shifted from being a formal process thinker towards an “employee of the future”, embracing new, social collaboration tools. “This shift wasn’t only about giving up the search for control, it was about completely reinventing myself and opening myself to this new world.”

Previously involved in different network organization and community building initiatives, Geert now works as a Learning Architect for the corporate Learning & Development department, where he investigates social learning. He also gives talks about social collaboration at seminars and organizations, and advises other companies on their social collaboration journey.

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