The following three posts have a wealth of information, ideas and tips for business managers and CIO's about social media, web 2.0, social networking, and online communities. The fact is, this stuff, social software has to be used to be fully appreciated. It takes time to grasp its power and usefulness. Workplace social software and communities need to be understood from both, a regular user view point and from an administrator (control) view point. You bet, this is work.
From McKinsey, "Succeeding at open-source innovation: An interview with Mozilla's Mitchell Baker." This article offers three great tips for any size organization wanting to tap external ideas. Ms. Baker also talks about having a participatory culture.
With business social networking software - managers and employees now have a system for connecting informal interactions and discovering new information flows.
So, stop reading about social applications and collaboration tools. Unleash your imagination and start experimenting. The real power of social software can only be appreciated with hands-on experience. Consider a pilot project.
Finding your values and priorities.
Find a quiet place to relax and let your daily cares recede from your mind. Close your eyes, let your mind begin to imagine something that you know will certainly happen someday -- the end of your own life. Imagine yourself in a hospital bed, knowing you have only a few hours left to live or you may imagine your own funeral.