Stephen Collins

Picture courtesy Ruth Ellison

Yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing Stephen Collins, Founder and CEO of acidlabs, a company focused on supporting enterprises with the organization and management of knowledge.

After speaking with Stephen, I’m even more convinced than previously that private and public sector enterprises need to address seriously the implications of the social media revolution. “Wait and see” is a recipe for going backwards.

Stephen is passionate about this. As his website says and as the interview shows “Stephen is more than a little passionate about leveraging great social applications as a way to help people and organisations do their jobs better.”

We talked about:

  • how Stephen works with companies (if you are looking for someone savvy to help your company or to partner with, you need to listen to this)
  • how valuable and enjoyable he found it to meet others with related interests at Office 2.0 in San Francisco last year and how those meetings were made easier using social networking tools
  • how risk-taking is inherent in corporate social networking and how to manage the risk, e.g. by starting within the firewall
  • how younger employees are using social media tools even though they are not provided by the enterprise
  • how companies implementing social networking can and should engage employees in a conversation about acceptable use obligations that come with the provision of tools

The interview runs for about 30 minutes. You will notice that in the lead-in and exit comments I mention that this interview is part of the Social Media Show, the new podcast show I’m setting up. The site is actually being set up over the next 24 hours: once it is up the interview will be posted there too. (Update Dec 2012: that was a site I had for a while but then closed.)

Listen to the interview

Stephen and acidlabs are partnering with Ross Dawson’s Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum, billed as providing “a pragmatic overview of how Web 2.0 and social media technologies are being applied inside the enterprise to create business value”. The Forum is to be held next Tuesday, February 19, in Sydney, Australia, with a great lineup of speakers, some of whom we will be watching and listening to via live video streaming from the USA and Europe. If you are going to be there, I hope you will say hello on the day.

I’m hoping to interview, over the next week or two, some of the other partners and participants in the Forum.

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Des Walsh is an executive coach. He helps business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide deal effectively with the feeling of being left behind or overwhelmed, or both, about social media – especially LinkedIn - and how to engage safely and effectively with social media to help grow their business. Connect with Des on LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter. And to stay in the loop, get Des’s weekly Social Business Bites (select snippets of his "best of the week" online finds).