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.
Changing the narrative
Among the best articles I’ve read this week: “If You Don’t Like Your Future, Rewrite Your Past,” published on the HBR Blog Network. Rosabeth Moss Kanter writes about the value of reframing your narrative – how putting the past in a different perspective can change the future – and offers several examples of how this has been done effectively. It’s a great example of putting the “strategic” in the concept of “strategic communication.”
Joining the conversation
In my last blog post, I discussed how an increase in social media and interactive technology is leading to an increase in “organizational conversation,” replacing the one-way, top-down approach in which many leadership teams used to indulge. In recent weeks, two new articles on the HBR Blog Network address how leaders can participate in these conversations: “Four Ways to Become a More Interactive Leader,” by Boris Groysberg and Michael Slind, and “How to Get Senior Leaders to Change,” by Scott Keller.
Improving productivity and engagement
Two more excellent articles from the HBR Blog Network, these on productivity and engagement: In “Share This With Your CEO,” Tony Schwartz explores the “personal energy crisis” disabling today’s workforce and offers suggestions for what management teams can do to enable healthier, more focused and engaged workers. It’s good advice for anyone who manages others.
In “Stop Working All Those Hours,” Robert C. Pozen argues that while most managers do judge employees based on hours worked or “time spent,” there is real danger in this approach. Pozen offers suggestions for what both managers and employees can do to change this destructive thinking and behavior.
Abusing social media
Are you still trying to convince your leadership team that, given the opportunity, employees will not abuse social media in the workplace? Marketing Profs has published an infographic brimming with statistics supporting the idea that social media can be used by employees without incident.
Further, an article in Social Media Today suggests that disallowing social media may be illegal. Brad Smith discusses what may be viewed as illegal elements of organizational social media policies in “Does Your Social Media Policy Violate Federal Law?”
Thinking that you might be special
In a hilarious yet thoughtful commencement address – one that has achieved more than 1.5 million views on YouTube – high school teacher David McCullough Jr. assures Wellesley [Mass.] High School graduates that they are not as special as they have been led to believe – and offers splendid advice about what to do about it. I inexplicably love to watch commencement addresses – this may be the best one yet.