Posts Tagged ‘colleagues’

I work for IBM, but what value do I bring to my previous employer, Capgemini?

Posted on: March 28th, 2013 by Fransgaard 5 Comments

I went to the Kred London Influencer Summit last night. What a fantastic time. Met a lot of Twitter connections I had not met before.


I also ran into an old colleague of mine from Capgemini, Inyk, and we got talking about the connections I retain within Capgemini.

Today Inyk sent me this interesting article on the subject: Coming out: can you bring value to an organisation after having left it? And it got me thinking about what value, if any, I still bring to Capgemini, even now where I work for one of their competitors: IBM?

Examples of my relationship with my previous employer

  • I left Capgemini on good terms.
  • Capgemini in general have a view that people who leave are potential future re-hires with new experiences they can bring back to the company (they don’t display the same sense of betrayal the author of the article Inyk shared has encountered).
  • I am part of their official Yammer Alumni group, which I hardly ever visit.
  • I maintain relationships with ex-colleagues on both Twitter and Facebook.
  • After meeting a talented mobile SME, who recently moved to London, the first people I connected him with was ex-colleagues from Capgemini.
  • Capgemini ex-colleagues remain loyal readers and retweeters of my blog posts.
  • Emmanuel Lochon, Capgemini’s global head of marketing, sent me a Linkedin message about the new Capgemini website going live, which I responded with both direct feedback and tweets.

Does this mean it is the people I am retaining relationships with rather than the company? Ofcourse! But it is the employees who are the company. As such they are the point of contact with the company. What they say and do is the corporate message.

It is vital the employees are up-to-date with any corporate messages as they are the voice of the company.  But it is equally important that the employees are not forced to relay these messages or even rewarded for doing so.

For example Emmanuel’s Linkedin message about the new Capgemini website is relevant to me because I was involved in early stages of the project. Had I not been, his message would not have been relevant to me.

Am I still a Capgemini advocate? Yes, I am. So I do think I still provide a value, but it is driven by a mutual relationship and an understanding we are competitors.

Do I champion all my previous employers?

While I’ve left all my previous employers on good terms, and while I retain personal relationships with ex-colleagues at all places, I don’t actively engage with the brands themselves. I think this is because when I have involved myself with their digital content, I have had no response. A one-way relationship is really not a relationship.

 Do you still represent your ex-employer?

To do or not to do: Manually updating non-tweeting colleagues

Posted on: April 11th, 2011 by Fransgaard 7 Comments

Since the first day I lay eyes on the Internet I have shared what I found with colleagues, ex-colleagues and other design/online professionals.

Originally via individual emails. Then it became group emails, which I maintained for years even as I, as well as other colleagues, moved on to other jobs.

But it became harder and harder to maintain the email list. I’ve even had a person complaining about not getting emails any longer… the fact they had change their email without telling me may have played a part. So I disbanded the email list early 2009.

I also felt emails were too slow. Things were and are moving increasingly faster. Twitter gives me the speed I need to consume industry news and share it with other professionals, both the ones I already know and the ones I run into online. The later may (and has) lead to deeper professional relationships across physical borders.

…But where does that leave my non-tweeting email readers?

I still send emails once in a while with information I know have a specific and relevant interest, but these emails are rare. A few follow the updates I post on my Linkedin and Yammer profiles, but I do not cross-post the full force of my Twitter stream to those channels.

So I feel they may be missing out on vital information for their careers, but is it my responsibility to keep manually update them? I do not think it is. As I have covered in a previous post I think, as digital professionals, it is their own responsibility to be smart and agile.

Does it annoy me? Yes it does! I feel they are falling behind and jeopardizing their careers by not keeping up and it is apparent when I shop-talk with them. Their knowledge is stuck increasingly further behind the digital reality now which mean they do not fully understand how today’s consumers behave and won’t have an idea of how they will behave in the future.

  • Do you find yourself in the same situation? Do you continue to help or have you cut losses?
  • Are you a non-tweeting colleague? Where do you get your industry news from?