Breaking bread.

Recently, I was invited to spend the weekend with my friend and her group of friends at a beach house up in Northern CT. It was a delightful and unexpected invite, which I love. Surprisingly, the day opened up my eyes to something really obvious: breaking bread with others is the most intimate way to connect. 

Here I was with a group of people I had never met before, coming to their annual group party with nothing but a bottle of wine and conversation - and - I had the best time. I connected with them in a way that is natural to human interaction.

We broke bread together.

Sharing a meal made the interaction that much more intimate which then turned into a stronger connection.

What if we aspired to do this in our every day interactions? What if in our daily interactions with the mail person and the barista making our coffee we had the intention to connect even in the smallest way. Then we went to the place where we create our art and strived to connect with our colleagues and collaborators. Wouldn't that create amazing work? Then we went home to our families ended the day with amazing connection by perhaps breaking bread or sitting together and talking about the day. The point is I went to this dinner party with the intention to connect. I was praying and hoping that the people there would like me enough and we would connect. 

Life is about connecting. 

Every interaction matters. What if even with those we spend our days with we have as strong an intention to connect as we do with new people? 

 

The future of tech.

Jay Baer recently said Facebook is striving to be the communication layer, Google the information and Amazon the commerce. It made me wonder, what is the future of tech?

For the past 5-8 years we have watched these platforms evolve at a rapid pace and we've gone along as quick as we could, but what does that say for their future? Will they continue to evolve and us with them? Will our needs change? Or, will business needs change altogether?

It's a challenging question and it begs me to wonder what should we plan for? Should we plan for Google to own the information space (or do they already?) Should we plan to not text from our mobile devices because all chatter will happen using Facebook messages?

Tech has become interwoven in our lives to utter extremes but one thing I've noticed is after a short time, we find ourselves abandoning old tools for new ones? Yes, Google has been around but does that ensure it will be for the foreseeable future?

We will continue to ask these questions but above everything else, I dare to ask, are we planning for people?

 

What we really mean by social business.

The newest definition of social business that you might find may go a little something like this:

"Social Business is internal planning, bridging the gap between external with internal, to implement the unique communicative properties of social media across all levels of the organization, resulting in a more connected way of doing business, which creates shared value for all stakeholders."

A.K.A.

If your employees aren't your biggest fans, you've got problems way bigger than social media.

Good employee advocacy takes years to built with many meaningful programs put in place.

1. you need culture

2. advocacy is born from culture, not technology or marketing

3. guidelines - they encourage partciipation 

4. options

5. give employees a choice of social advocacy roles