This is a video I have promised to do for some time. It is in response to those who won’t even consider social technologies with their organizations – now or in the future. I have heard about all of the excuses – and for the most part I don’t buy any of them. They range from “Our culture won’t support it” to “It is a waste of my time” to “We have better things to focus on.”
It’s like saying, “This new thing called the phone is nifty and all, but we don’t need it.” You don’t know it yet – but yes you do. And eventually it will come. The question is, when will you allow it?
Most don’t dive in because of two factors: Fear of the Unknown and Fear of Change. Now, honestly, it is FEAR? They may not label it that, but I believe so. Social Technologies for this group are unknown and they usually don’t want to know anything about it because of their incorrect preconceived ideas – they actively resist it. They also think that everything at their company is working well enough.
(Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a picture of parachute pants without stealing a photo. Oh well.)
Bell bottoms were in style for longer, then they were ugly. Now, renamed as “flair” they are cool again.
But some things never lose their usefulness and don’t go out of style. Like toilets. And door handles. And, unfortunately, fruit cake.
And ever since we started using it, social technologies within organizations – no matter what we have called it – has has only proven to be more and more useful.
For those who haven’t taken it seriously yet – it’s time.
For many people, just the name “social networking” scares the bejeebers out of them. Why? I have found two main reasons: fear of the unknown and fear of change.
Fear of the Unknown – There are so many factors with this one. But the way to overcome it is to try it out and prove your theories right or wrong. You just have to jump in. Or you could continue to do nothing about it. But with as big as it’s getting, I wouldn’t recommend that approach.
Fear of Change – Now, believe me, I get it. Changing the way you work is not an easy thing to do. You’re comfortable with what you do and how you do it. Much like everyone was comfortable 1903 with the way they travel, even after the wright brothers made some crazy flying contraption.
Only hearing about why you might want to use social networking in your company will only sink so far into your brain.
It isn’t until you actually try it out. That is when the AH HA moment comes, and it all starts clicking.
Kind of like my son who would never think of kissing a girl. But I guarantee the AH HA moment WILL come. I just hope it doesn’t come too quickly. But I hope it comes quickly for you. Well, not the kissing part, the social networking part.
So the only way to figure it out is give it a good sustained try. Don’t just quit after a week of lame attempts. Find someone who knows and understands all this social stuff and ask them what you might start with. Then, let the clicking begin.
MY SON: Why would I ever kiss a girl?
ME: Oh, that’ll come.