After hearing about the Rideau Roundtable Conference www.rideau.com which took place at the Union League Club in Chicago last week, I invited S. Max Brown, Principal of Leadership Directives at Rideau’s Recognition Management Institute, to recap his Keynote which brought down the house! Below are some of his highlights.
Real Leadership: The Power of Social Recognition
By S. Max Brown
Did you know that more than half of the world population is under thirty years old? Did you know that the students going to college this year are younger than the Internet? Or what about the astonishing growth of Facebook with over 750,000,000 people now interconnected? What does this mean as we move forward? Does it change the way we do business? In a word, yes.
In fact, recent studies suggest that social networking can actually increase trust and that those networked individuals enjoy higher levels of social support. Just this past week, the Wall Street Journal caught people’s attention with a report suggesting that web browsing during the workday can actually increase productivity! To those leaders that still reluctantly dip their toe into the ‘social networking’ water, I humbly suggest: JUMP IN!
Leadership 3.0 is about changing to meet the new demands of a 3.0 workplace. As Daniel Pink shares in his book, Drive, we are no longer in the industrial revolution when carrots & sticks could lead employees through command & control style management. It is time for leadership to move into the 21st century. What does that look like? According to Pink, it means giving employees more autonomy, the ability to build mastery, and to do something with a purpose bigger than themselves.
What if our feedback and recognition communicated respect? What if we trusted people to do the right things by making the standard operating procedures less onerous? What if we celebrated those leaders that make those around them successful? What if we held them accountable for making those around them successful?
What if we started recognizing the good people who are doing great things more often? What if we made social networking part of the way we do business? What if we could use a smart phone app to recognize an individual for a job well done? What if each exchange resulted in a higher level of engaged employees based on the amount of recognition they receive?
What if we began to realize the power of social recognition in the way we lead?