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March 19, 2008


Rachel Happe

I really like this idea of 'graduating' employees after they have proven themselves in a safer environment. My only question...do any women or minorities work at EMC?!? Kidding of course but it would be a good addition to your current roster.

Thanks for sharing this strategy.

Chuck Hollis

You're absolutely right.

While EMC is a reasonably diverse place (but always could do better), for some reason that I do not understand, none of our more diverse "voices" want to blog outside the firewall yet.

I am at a loss to explain why this is. But, like you, this bothers me, and I'm doing what I can.

John Prichard

I discovered this blog a couple of weeks ago. Since it reflected my observations of social behavior over the years, I read the entire thing from start to current.

I am the senior technical adviser in IT for a similar project just starting. I get the same kinds of projects you get for the same kinds of reasons. I like fresh snow where the rules haven't been written yet. Don't worry, I spent 20 years outside of IT too and agree that your knowledge of IT is quite accurate. I can't get even one of my steering team (business or IT) to read what you have written ... even when I made them a printed book in true chronological order.

I think your information and social engineering principals so valuable for them to know that now I am thinking of writing a 3-4 page synopsis of your guidepoints with pointers to your reasons and pointers to the subsequent results in your blog. 3-4 pages would not give your treatise justice but this is all that they will read at first anyway.

Then it occurred to me that you may have had to do something similar and that I should use this first.

Contact me if your interested and I will give more background in an email.

John Prichard
Systems Engineer
Texas Instruments

Chuck Hollis

Well, John, it seems that we are similar people on a similar journey, which is kind of cool if you think about it.

I've never had to make The Big Case with anyone here at EMC.

I'm fortunate in that I have enough corporate brand internally that I haven't had to distill everything down into a 3-4 page guide.

But, now that you mention it, that probably would have some value externally.

If you'd like to collaborate on such a "practitioner's guide" to implementing social media at large corporations, let me know.

I'd love to carve out some time to do something like that.

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