Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Starbucks, took the stage at the 2017 annual shareholder meeting. During the part of the presentation when he talked about company initiatives, Johnson raised a question Starbucks has been working on. "How can we better connect with our store managers, and how can we help store managers create community amongst each other?" The answer to both of these questions lies in the decision to implement Workplace by Facebook at Starbucks in January 2017.
At a recent Workplace by Facebook User Group in Palo Alto, ServiceRocket founder and CEO, Rob Castaneda, shared his ideas for how to use live streaming at work to improve communication, increase employee engagement, and otherwise being a more effective leader. This is an important topic since communications is a critical skill in executive leadership and in organizational performance. But don't just take my word for it. An article in Harvard Business Review calls poor communications the "silent killer of big companies" and describes successful companies as those that adopt communication methods that enable executives to get closer to employees, put in place communications systems that promote dialog, rather than monologue, and engage employees to become more active participants in the communications process.