An Infinite Number of Monkeys: A Guide to Effective Business Communications

Linked World
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 Perplexed by the business value of social media? Not sure how to build an effective information system for your organization? Mike takes us on a safari through the communications jungle, to see how the monkeys that inhabit the modern office can bring out their brilliance through electronic collaboration. In a book which covers topics as diverse as cloud solutions and the mind shift required to turn your organisation into an anarchy (and why you might want to do so), we are shown how the smartest organisations can use the tools of the information age to boost productivity. We learn how information, the life-blood of any organisation and the route to value-creation, happy teams and loyal customers, can be turned from a passive resource to a highly active one. If you want to be a smart monkey, rather than just one of an infinite number of keyboard jockeys, then you need to read this book.
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About the author

Mike Barnes has worked in the telecommunications industry since leaving university – initially as a designer of intelligent voice networks, then in a technical sales role, before moving into consultancy. His years of experience in designing, selling and maintaining voice, unified communications and collaboration systems give him the ideal background to talk passionately and knowledgably about the role of communications systems in today’s business world.

His communications consultancy business, Linked World Ltd, promotes modern communications tools and helps businesses to adapt their organisations for the information age.

For more information about Mike and his consultancy services, please visit linkedworld.co.uk or mike-barnes.co.uk.

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Publisher
Linked World
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Published on
Jul 1, 2013
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Pages
219
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ISBN
9780957629004
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / General
Business & Economics / Strategic Planning
Computers / Networking / General
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This content is DRM free.
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