Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Social Learning for Leaders
New social tools and technologies give us more access to those spaces and those social interactions, to support learning as it is happening. Through social tools, from popular public products like Facebook and Twitter to internal products like Yammer and wikis – most also accessible from smartphones -- leaders can access information and expertise when and where they need it. A Facebook group for employees in similar jobs, a site offering social profiles of expertise within a work area or across an organization or professional field, a private group for new hires, overseen by a mentor, or a collaborative wiki documenting FAQs or best practices are only some strategies for supporting social learning. Talent can interact and engage with other talent wherever it resides.
If you’re doubtful, take some time over the next few days to do a quick scan. How much time do leaders in your organization spend looking for something, or someone? How much time do you spend looking for something or someone? What is the cost of not using social media more effectively?
Jane Bozarth, cutting-edge author of Social Media for Trainers, has written or contributed to several other books that contribute significantly to the talent management and leadership development conversations. Jane's day job is eLearning Coordinator, North Carolina Office of State Personnel. Connect with her at: http://www.bozarthzone.com/, http://www.facebook.com/Bozarthzone, and @janebozarth on Twitter.