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Lesley Crook

Lesley Crook

MVP Cloud Consultant ~ Viva Visionary!

Brighton, United Kingdom

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Hi, I’m Lesley Crook a Viva Visionary and MVP Office Apps & Services of 8 years. With a focus on employee engagement, hybrid work, adoption & change management, champions programmes on Yammer, Teams and now Microsoft Viva.

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Area of Expertise

  • Business & Management
  • Information & Communications Technology

Topics

  • Teams
  • Teams as a Platform
  • yammer
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee Happiness
  • Employee experience
  • Internal Communications
  • Adoption and Change Management
  • Office 365 Adoption
  • user adoption
  • Digital Marketing
  • Digital Workplace
  • Hybrid Work
  • Microsoft MVP
  • Corporate Communications
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Working Out Loud
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Microsoft Viva
  • Women in Teams
  • Viva Connections
  • Viva Insights
  • Viva Learning
  • Viva Topics
  • Women in Technology
  • Women in Tech
  • International Women's Day
  • M365

Chocks-away! SharePoint & Teams prepared for Copilot.

“Chocks-away” is a term used by British pilots in WWII to indicate that they were ready to fly and blocks placed in front of the plane’s wheels be removed so the plane could take off. The blocks were placed there to stop the plane from rolling away.

Learn how three enterprise companies effectively transformed their workplace culture using the ADKAR framework. This approach focuses on "fun" elements of human-centered adoption and change management, utilizing five key elements to track progress and celebrate achievements.

So be a real Copilot to your HR and Internal Comms teams! Don't let Microsoft Viva and Copilot roll away, enabling the competition to get ahead. Instead, use this valuable tool and session for take off and beyond!

Yammer Is Engaged To Amplify Connections!

Are you:

New to Yammer/Viva Engage and want to launch a trusted social network?

Has Yammer turned on but never planned, announced, or formally supported it and used it without governance or internal communications engagement?

Have significant Yammer usage but unsure how to integrate Viva Engage and appreciate its benefits alongside Teams in the Viva Suite?

Endeavouring to decommission Facebook Workplace, WhatsApp, or Slack and move to a fully integrated, secure, compliant, and governed application on Teams with nominal costs?

Yammer is engaged to amplify connections in Viva, Las Vegas!

We need to rethink employee engagement for 2023 by using new features and nurturing a thriving collaboration culture in Teams. Internal Communicators have excellent tools designed to simplify and elevate employee engagement and make the role of an IC professional a little easier. Discover Viva Engage, Viva Amplify, and Viva Connections, fully integrated modules on Microsoft Teams, the one-stop productivity shop with many tools that you already pay for but not entirely consuming.

Viva origami. Make the complex, simple.

I turned the complex Microsoft Viva Suite into real origami to explain the cross-module value proposition of nurturing connections, discovering insights, enabling growth, and having a purpose in your work on Teams.

Viva explorers : join us for a Viva round table: our feedbacks & your questions

Viva explorers is a community of Microsoft Viva enthusiasts from all over the world. We propose a roundtable discussion where we will share our feedback on the deployment of all Viva bricks, our opinions on the new features to come and a big Q&A to ask us your questions. If you want to find inspiration or if you have questions, don't miss this session

Twelve Days of Viva - Day 3

On the third day of Christmas, Microsoft gave to me... better communication, an intranet in Teams and great experience for employees with Viva Engage. We sparkle goodness within employees as we see how we can improve engagements and use Viva Connections to surprise and engage users. We use Storylines in Viva Engage to create exciting engagements for everyone. Ho-Ho-Ho

Turn Rubik's Cube into Microsoft Viva!

In the 1980s, Rubik's Cube won a slew of awards for best toy and became a craze for all ages worldwide. We looked back in time to see why it was so popular and found by turning the cube we reimagined a neat business benefits metaphor for Viva; with cross solution integrations and a hub for collaboration and productivity. Join this session to discover the smart M365 features you have in the palm of your hand but not consuming! Also includes how to operate Viva with the most appropriate job roles and competencies. And, tips for IC on a variety of end user Viva adoption campaigns.

Turn Rubik's Cube into Microsoft Viva!

In the 1980s, Rubik's Cube won a slew of awards for best toy and became a craze for all ages worldwide. We looked back in time to see why it was so popular and found by turning the cube we reimagined a neat business benefits metaphor for Viva; with cross solution integrations and a hub for collaboration and productivity. Join this session to discover the smart M365 features you have in the palm of your hand but not consuming! Also includes how to operate Viva with the most appropriate job roles and competencies. And, tips for IC on a variety of end user Viva adoption campaigns.

Elevate Employee Engagement Workshop

We need to rethink employee engagement for 2023 by using new features and nurturing a thriving collaboration culture in Teams. Internal Communicators have excellent tools designed to simplify and elevate employee engagement and make the role of an IC professional a little easier. Discover Viva Engage, Viva Amplify, and Viva Connections, fully integrated modules on Microsoft Teams, the one-stop productivity shop with many tools that you already pay for but not consuming.

9 Viva Conversation Starters

Join our session to discover nine conversation starters to help put the Viva Suite in context:

Empathic leadership in the 2020s
Adoption vNext, are you missing out?
Get on top of skilling
The hybrid paradox
The great reshuffle
Are you reserving time for deep work and learning to avoid burnout?
Do you practice digital well-being to avoid burnout?
I want my team to stay on target
I want to engage my Frontline Workers

Women in Technology Discussion Panel

Join us for an interactive discussion about Women in Technology

Twelve Days of Viva - Day 10

On the tenth day of Christmas, Microsoft gave to me... the Viva Explorers, curated topic cards, improved wellbeing, engaged frontline workers, new learning pathways, CLEAR OKRs... awesome focus plans, better communication, an intranet in Teams and great experience for employees. In this session, join the Viva Explorers for a live panel discussion on all things Viva!

Turn Rubik's Cube into Microsoft Viva!

In the 1980s, Rubik's Cube won a slew of awards for best toy and became a craze for all ages worldwide. We looked back in time to see why it was so popular and found by turning the cube we reimagined a neat business benefits metaphor for Viva; with cross solution integrations and a hub for collaboration and productivity. Join this session to discover the smart M365 features you have in the palm of your hand but not consuming! Also includes how to operate Viva with the appropriate job roles and competencies. And, tips for IC on a variety of end user Viva adoption campaigns.

The Viva Explorers Panel Discussion

Join the Viva Explorers – a bunch of intrepid MVPs and community members with a passion for improving your employee experience, and love for silly props! This will be a lively and spirited discussion of all things Microsoft Viva – we’ll share our favourite features as well as the features that we’d love to appear on the roadmap.

We’ll share the business benefits of Viva, each bringing the benefit of our own experience of implementing across different types of organisations, and we’ll share the impact that we’ve seen. We may also venture into the murky waters of licensing, with a look at the seeded vs premium features.

And lastly – the Viva Explorers will answer questions from the audience! This is not to be missed.

Explore Microsoft Viva with a Tech Realist, an Optimist and a Visionary!

Microsoft Viva is here to improve the "Employee Experience" from the moment a new hire is on boarded to the day they exit, and everything in-between. Nurturing Collaboration, Productivity and digital wellbeing in the hybrid workplace; and in the flow of your work on Microsoft Teams.

Join the Viva Explorers: The Viva Visionary predicts why use Viva and the Business benefits. The Viva Realist shares snapshots to optimise the seeded content and the setup. The Viva Optimist navigates the Viva Roadmaps and premium features.

By the end of this session you will have discovered what you can easily do right now without additional cost to instil modern ways of working; and the art of the possible!

Explore Microsoft Viva with a Tech Realist, an Optimist and a Visionary!

In Microsoft Viva we can ALL have at our fingertips a flexible intranet that reaches Frontline Workers with their own device, accessible learning opportunities, knowledge in the flow of your work and employee insights to help you work smarter not harder.

Towards the end of the year there will be icing on the cake with new features to track our objectives against the company strategies .

Nurturing an empathic leadership culture with digital wellbeing features. Taking collaboration, accessibility, employee engagement, empowerment, diversity, and inclusion to a higher humanistic level. These seeded features are available now. You are paying but not consuming!

By the end of this session you will have explored and discovered:

•The What, the art of the possible business benefits (MVP, Lesley Crook, Viva Visionary in UK)

•The Why, reasoning, logic and roadmaps (MVP, Merethe Stave, Viva Optimist in Norway)

•The How, set up and licensing implications (MVP, Sara Fennah, Viva Realist in UK)

A Viva day in the life on Teams!

I start the day with breakfast and my Viva briefing email which I read on my mobile, pulling outstanding tasks and meetings from Outlook. Get dressed and move to Teams on my desktop and join a brainstorm Teams meeting. I had a bad night’s sleep so instead of switching on my camera share my Mesh animated avatar. I then pivot across the day catching up on news on Viva Connections from my mobile, take a 20 minute training course on Viva Learning, and check up on my objectives in Ally.io. I end the day reflecting on my mood in Personal Insights

Join this session to discover more about my super productive day with the satisfaction I am working smarter not harder on Teams with Viva; and my digital well-being is in great shape - and so can yours by following some of these life hacks!

A Viva Realist Chats with a Viva Visionary

The vision of Microsoft Viva is to enhance the employee experience, nurturing a culture of digital wellbeing whilst improving productivity. As the tools evolve over time the vision and the reality can drift apart, especially if you are waiting for that perfect feature.

This session will help you discover how Viva helps your business deliver personalised experiences with empathy to your employees now, taking a checkpoint on what is now a reality and what is still visionary. Using real life adoption stories to illustrate the challenge we face these days and what leaders can do about it.

We'll look at current toolset and the Viva vision for the future combines news, tasks, and conversations; provides data-driven insights and recommendations; organises content and expertise; and delivers formal and informal learning when and where it’s needed using:



>Culture & employee engagement with Viva Connections
>Productivity & digital wellbeing with Viva Insights
>Knowledge & expertise with Viva Topics
>Up-skilling & personal development with Viva Learning
>Objectives & Key Results with Ally.io (the 5th module expected H4 ’22)

Viva Visionary insights and more!

MVP Presenters: Lesley Crook & Sara Fennah

The vision of Microsoft Viva is to enhance the employee experience, nurturing a culture of digital wellbeing whilst improving productivity. As the tools evolve over time the vision and the reality can drift apart, especially if you are waiting for that perfect feature.

This session will help you discover how Viva helps your business deliver personalised experiences with empathy to your employees now, taking a checkpoint on what is now a reality and what is still visionary. Using real life adoption stories to illustrate the challenge we face these days and what leaders can do about it.

We'll look at current toolset and the Viva vision for the future combines news, tasks, and conversations; provides data-driven insights and recommendations; organises content and expertise; and delivers formal and informal learning when and where it’s needed using:


.Culture & employee engagement with Viva Connections
.Productivity & digital wellbeing with Viva Insights
.Knowledge & expertise with Viva Topics
.Up-skilling & personal development with Viva Learning
.Objectives & Key Results with Ally.io (the 5th module expected H4 ’22)

Lesley Crook

MVP Cloud Consultant ~ Viva Visionary!

Brighton, United Kingdom

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