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We are all under the pump these days to do more with less. Intranets are an integral part of successful organisations and are starting to get recognised more and more. While this is exciting (and long overdue!), it does often means more work than an intranet team can handle.
A year in the Intranet Leadership Forum can be a great way to relieve the pressure and increase the success of your intranet. See what other organisations are doing is the first step. The Forum then goes beyond this to explore key topics (chosen by members) in greater depth.
How it all works
Regular half day workshops show you a warts and all view of other members intranets, and help you to understand what worked, what didn’t and why. (Don’t waste time reinventing the wheel!) We guarantee that a Forum member has already been there, done that, on whatever you are planning to deliver in 2012. There are three of these workshops per year.
The annual intensive is a unique combination of future trends, practical techniques and the best thinking. Held over two days, the intensive provides unique thinking and inspiration to you. It also gives time for hands on techniques and group sessions, producing valuable take-aways.
Some comments from recent workshops:
“Excellent, good presentations, you know your topics”
“Like the mix up of structure and activities”
“Really useful, particularly like the sessions on developing policies”
A year in one chapter
The Intranet Leadership Forum has local chapters in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. To give a sense of what’s covered, these are just some of the highlights from the Melbourne chapter over the last year:
The 15th floor at Freshwater Place on Southbank, where Bridie from Parsons Brinckerhoff shared the three intranets used to support staff at PB. Since 2009 the team have been working to deliver a task based intranet, and of special interest was how well PB uses SharePoint teamsites to support teams. The templated approach was the envy of the group.
Two members in Melbourne, Nadine from Guild and Josh from BUPA, are redesigning the policy section of their intranet. To help Nadine and Josh as a group we reviewed all of our existing policy pages, identifying the good, the bad and the ugly, and coming up with a checklist of the essentials for a policy page. A “6 up / 1 up” sketching technique was used to design new policy pages for intranets, identifying concrete ideas to make tangible improvements.
Social intranets: everyone is talking about them, but in reality what does it mean for existing intranets? In the real world, teams are often locked into the existing technology and can’t whiz up a new intranet in a matter of months. We therefore explored practical ideas on how to add social elements to an existing intranet in a culturally appropriate way. Some of the winners where commenting on news, one staff directory and making the intranet the go to place in the digital world within our workplace.
The two day intensive, covering many different topics. One highlight was launching an intranet. The teams at Australia Post, Medibank and Melbourne Water are launching new intranets this year, and we explored the three phases of launching an intranet (pre, launch and post). Launch ideas from around the world were explored, focusing on approaches that didn’t take a lot of money and delivered high impact.
The Intranet Leadership Forum provides the support structure to help intranet teams succeed at delivering great sites. Make use of spare funds at the end of the financial year, and benefit for the whole of the year to come.
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