Congratulations Atlanta! You have been rated Number 12 in the country by the Huffington Post for being the most Social Media savvy in the USA. Atlanta is among only a dozen cities coast to coast that not only have “social presence”, but have the most social businesspeople. We are proud of the recognition and the connectedness we share regardless of where we communicate. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn give us an excellent array of platform to grow our professions and our organizations.
We have seen the power of e-communication and how people with a collective force can help solve even the most complicated of crimes and related events. Twitter and Facebook both played major roles in solving the Boston Marathon bombings as the FBI facilitated all of the incoming leads. It was a powerful example of crowdsourcing, one of the newest of phenomenon within Social Media.
According to Wikipedia, Crowdsourcing is the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, and especially from an online community, rather than from traditional employees or suppliers.
In today’s modern organizations, here in Atlanta and coast to coast, Carnegie- focused leadership can utilize the same type of “social sharing” in a positive way, not only solving corporate wide problems, but getting idea generation and goal and objective development as well.
Communicating across divisions, departments, and networks in larger organizations has always been a challenge for both management and leadership. It has to be team-driven to be successful. The more employees contribute on a product or service, the more input and information are generated. The group results can then be assessed and organized for opportunity and goal development.
Using this type of organizational crowdsourcing is an idea based on the key principles of Dale Carnegie Training, and the connection comes from the approach to the supportive communication that Carnegie focuses on with its training:
- Openness: Willing communication is always based on listening and positive relational feedback.
- Support: Influence and trust are major components in achieving true employee involvement.
- Motivation: Personal commitment to success is the driver of both opportunity and achievement.
- Goal setting: Clear, specific, and performance-based work processes increase employee satisfaction.
- Equality: Every idea is equal and all contributions, recommendations, and suggestions mean something.
- Empowerment: Once the buzzword of the 1980’s, total involvement by each employee is the only way to grow in this still slow economy.
Sharing of power by Carnegie- focused leadership is still evolving into understanding and success. Yet, sharing is the key variable on Twitter, Facebook, Pheed, LinkedIn and Google+ as relationships are discovered, renewed and nurtured through the exchange of relational communication.
Businesses need to mirror what social media does naturally every day. These social platforms are not affected by economic conditions or gain. They grow through interaction and simple relational communication. Even small businesses can gain by winning friends and influencing people within the internal environment, regardless of where it might be located. Making social exchange a priority in business just makes sense!
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