Social Networking and the Law of Explosive Growth

If you develop yourself, you can experience personal success.
If you develop a team, your organization can experience growth.
If you develop leaders, your organization can achieve explosive growth.

Law #20 from John C. Maxwell’s 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

This year I’ve decided to really focus on viewing our multitude of communications as opportunities to continue leadership building despite the financial challenges imposed by our disappointing economy.

Social networking gives us new ways to share leadership tools and resources. It’s quick, it’s free or low cost, and the learning required to become reasonably proficient is usually minimal. When you’re helping someone take that next step in their development, you never know what’s going to land as sage advice and what is going to be forgotten as meaningless noise in a too-busy world. I’ve stopped worrying about which of the many communication methods available is the best. I say try them all and keep what works.

As an example, we’re holding a team lunch later this week with colleagues who are quite distant. It’s not economically feasible to bring everyone together right now so we have to find more creative ways to continue the team building. In this instance we’re using the telephone – not sophisticated, but effective.  Yes, we’re lunching together by phone. We’re also working together to see what groups we have in common on LinkedIn.  The invitations are flying around!  It seems to matter less exactly which vehicle we’re using or how new and innovative it is — rather it just feels good to find lots of ways to connect people and keep us all thinking about intentional networking.

Last week was the first ever Getting Things Done weekly review via Twitter. I wanted to attend but had to switch my calendar to something more immediately pressing. It would have been interesting to see if people were truly connecting or if they were just sending out individual thoughts. If you participated, I’d love to hear what you thought of the event.

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