I’ll admit that I was late to the game with social media. I still don’t Insta-G, I joined Facebook just because my kids made me, and I still don’t understand the difference between a pound sign and a hash tag. There are nights in my household where the only form of communication comes via text, partly because it’s easy and partly cause I’m too lazy to walk upstairs.
While this used to concern me and even at times made me mad, I have started to notice a real shift in my appreciation for these technologies. Sure it’s great to stay in touch with my daughter in college or family and friends that live all to far away. But what I finally get is the power of these tools for business users. They take accountability to a whole new level.
I used to work for a company that developed Workforce Planning tools and our CTO, Ross Melbourne, used to always say, in today’s day of data visualization, “there is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide”… Truth is, there should be no reason to…
Here at EIS, we develop robust reporting solutions that put powerful information into the hands of business users and executives so that they can make better, more timely decisions. It doesn’t guarantee that the decisions made, based on this data will always be right or work out best for the organization but at least they are founded on valid and explainable data.
By providing organizations, and more specifically the people of organizations, data and metrics that are constant, everyone understands their role and responsibility in the direction of the effort. They are accountable for their actions and if things vary or veer off the tracks from time to time, their other team members are there to encourage, mentor and educate. Isn’t that what true collaboration is all about?
So I say go for it…expand your LinkedIn network, join a chat group, heck even Pin your favorite recipe, whatever that means…what’s the worst that can happen? You might meet someone who makes you smile, becomes a life long friend or even might help to improve your bottom line.