I just returned from a quarterly management meeting being hosted by a client. It’s a two-day meeting being held offsite for 30 mid- to senior-level managers of a business unit. During the meeting, Pete, head of a 1200-person business unit, unveiled his brand-new blog. I really admire Pete. He’s been taking risks and encouraging his staff to do the same. When he revealed the blog today, his group gave him some good natured ribbing– “So, can employees ‘write on your wall?’ ” and “Yeah, SURE they can post anonymously.” And: “What? Are you going to go on Twitter now too?!” Pete openly admits that this experiment may not work. In general, efforts to use social media have not taken hold in his company. However, Pete remains undeterred. He wants to fully explore the opportunities that a social media platform can bring to his workforce.
Now, I’m not a social media expert. I’m not specifically advising Pete on his social media use. But if I can help him somehow figure it out, then I’ve helped him in his larger goal, which is to communicate with his employee base. And he did hire me to do that.
So, I’m doing a bit of informal research on Pete’s behalf.
First, I posted this tweet before I left the meeting:
I chose to do so discreetly, as nobody in the room is on Twitter.
So far, I’ve had this suggestion from colleague MaryJo Asmus:
I’m also going to check in with my LinkedIn and Facebook networks to see what they have to say.
Are you a part of a large corporation that’s incorporating social media into its business practices? In particular, are any executives or senior managers doing an internal blog? If so, what advice would you offer to Pete so he can make this endeavor a success?