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Webstock 8x5 - time to show how scary a change can be

I have the privilege of being one of the 8 people talking for 5 minutes (8x5) at Webstock this Friday afternoon - read more ...

I have to honest and tell you it's been a struggle to come up with something that will:
  • be relevant
  • inform
  • fit into 5 mins
  • raise a smile
But I think I have ...

The title of my talk, Enterprise 2.0 - why it's scaring the pants off IT Departments, and my underlying premise that (most) corporate/large organisation IT Departments live and operate in a totally different world to those creating and delivering Enterprise 2.0 has led me to a slightly off the wall and "scary" (to me) analogy.

Before I let you into the secret let's all acknowledge that any change is scary and hard. Don't believe me, here's an exercise for you to show just how hard it is to change:
Take a mental note which leg you put first into your trousers when you get dressed in the morning. If, like me, it's the right one then for the next 7 days use your left leg. You will notice how strange it feels, how much brain power it takes and even how uncomfortable it is - all just to put your trousers on. Also, by day 3 or 4 you've probably forgotten and reverted back to your 'usual' leg.

Imagine facing a change to your world that may affect employment, salary, position of influence and even your career choice. Scary.

The subtle and ever increasing change for IT Departments is the introduction of Enterprise 2.0 (definition).

That's not to say there will be wholesale carnage in IT Departments as people are resilient, adaptable and generally know how to look after themselves. It will be worse however if the change is not acknowledged, understood and planned for - this is what I do for a living, contact me if you want help.

Back to the 8x5 Webstock preso ...
I originally envisaged a standard PowerPoint slide show with humorous pictures, some jokes and endeavouring to generate a connection with the audience. I soon realised that it takes a lot of skill to pull that off in 5 minutes - Steve Jobs can do it, Bill Gates not so.

And here's the "slightly off the wall and "scary" (to me) analogy." ... I'm going to show people, using myself and my clothes, just how scary it can be. I am going to put the audience, via me, through the change to a world of Enterprise 2.0 that IT Department's believe they are facing.

I will also have a PowerPoint to underline the messages with a few select images.
My challenge with the talk is to ensure the message is received and not lost in the delivery method ;-)

Oh, and I am totally looking for feedback ... did it work, was the message clear, were the points heard, what could I have done better? Make yourself known at the event, leave me comments on this blog or send me emails

See you Friday around 2:15pm ...



    I'd love to be there..... sort of....

    Seriously though, good luck MM I'm sure it'll be a fantastic preso

  2. I'm certainly gonna remember it ... and hopefully so will everyone else but, as I say, for the message and not just the manner in which it is delivered :-)

    I know they're recording all the preso's for podcasting, I wonder if there'll be video cameras there ... eek


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