If you follow me on Twitter (@bzhenry), you know that I’ve made content curation in organizational communication a hobby. This blog post highlights the best of what I’ve read in recent weeks.
Lessons learned from sinking ships
If you’re old enough to remember a time when everyone had a Kodak Instamatic and the instantaneous nature of a Polaroid snapshot seemed nothing less than a miracle, you’ll appreciate “Business Lessons from the Titanic (in 3D),” published on the HBR Blog Network.
Author Mark Bonchek discusses six warning signs the crew of the ill-fated ship ignored and how a different perspective might have saved the day. Similarly, Kodak and Polaroid continued business as usual until there was almost no business left. Is your organization witnessing any of these signs? More important, are you ignoring them?
A refreshingly simple take on a complicated subject
“Employee engagement” is one of those hot communications topics that everyone discusses, but few agree on what it is or how to achieve it. In his blog post, “The Six Drivers of Employee Engagement,” Simon Steers gives his view on what he admits is a subjective concept.
Understanding that each business is unique, leveraging Steers’ six drivers would likely improve engagement in any organization. Further, his article is devoid of the jargon that alienates most management teams. You might find it worth sharing.
Whose job is it anyway?
Another interesting take on employee engagement can be found in an interview with the authors of “#POSITIVITY AT WORK Tweet” – really, that’s the name of it – on the SmartBlog on Leadership. While I suspect that no one would argue the notion that everyone must contribute to create a positive atmosphere in the workplace, the article does offer good counsel on barriers you’ll encounter and what you can do to overcome them.
Using social media training to avert crises
Research shows that companies providing employees access to social media sites as well as training on company social media policy experience fewer social media–related crises than those that simply fortify their firewalls to block employee access.
Business technology expert Shel Holtz has posted the last segment in an excellent series on social media training for employees. The segments focus on policy, on getting buy-in for your training program and on using research to help you build an effective program. It appears that social media is here to stay, and companies that learn to use it – if not to help, at least not to hurt their brands – will benefit from helping employees to understand the pitfalls.
Three more good reads
- One of my favorite bloggers on the HBR Blog Network, Nilofer Merchant, discusses the shifting landscape of power and influence in “Just How Powerful Are You?”
- In The Atlantic, author Stephen Marche asks the question, “Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?” and it’s worth taking a look if for no other reason than seeing the striking photograph (by Phillip Toledano) that accompanies the story.
- Is your organization pursuing competitive advantage while ignoring cultural advantage? Authors Francis Frei and Anne Morriss explain why that’s a mistake in “Culture Takes Over When the CEO Leaves the Room,” also on the HBR Blog Network.