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28/04/2008

Social media in the enterprise is an anti de-motivator (not that I give a damn these days)

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Image: Graffitti: "Don't Care, Won't Explain" - photo by spanaut

Reasons for organisations to set their people free (to organise themselves) are outlined in an excellent post by Rex Lee called 5 Social Computing Benefits that Adoption Rates Don't Show.

My favourite section is based on lessons from a favourite business book, Good to Great, by Jim Collins:

...Jim explains that the role of leadership is NOT to motivate. If you have to motivate and convince people to do something, you're already starting in a bad position. Instead, if you have the right people and the right opportunity they will be "self-motivated". The role of leadership then becomes making sure you don't let people become "de-motivated". Jim goes on to explain the importance of making sure you find the right people. But how do you do this?

One way is to leverage the power of self-organization.

Via social's new slim-line high priest, Euan Semple... Cheers as ever, Mr S...

...And yes the sub-headline is in the irony font...

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Excellent excerpt from a great book. Thanks for the reminder!

Apparently Napolean said:

'The role of the leader is to define reality and provide hope'

That works, doesn't it?

Yes, Tom - that definitely does work... About as concise a defnition of leadership as I've seen.

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