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This is a re-print from the original post by Jason O'Donnell on www.waywardcelt.com which ran on August 20th:
The number one barrier that prevents people from engaging in social business is their fear of saying the wrong thing.
Addressing that issue has proven difficult as it involves so many variables and is deeply rooted in the individual’s own psychology. It is a myriad of obstacles that get in the way of engagement here, any one of which can be the one issue that prevents someone from playing in social media, or it could be a complex web of issues woven to prevent adoption. For me, the solution was two-fold:
Luckily, I have a wonderful tool to help guide me in the social media world as I interact and engage in valuable conversation. The IBM Social computing guidelines give me the framework to avoid saying the wrong things on-line and provides you with the same benefit:
Quoted below from the IBM Social Computing Guidelines with my own bold highlights for emphasis:
Take a moment and also real the Detailed Discussion section of the IBM Social Computing Guidelines here, as it will explain some of the above in better and clearer terms than I am capable.
Once you have a handle on the social computing guidelines, life becomes so much easier... but even then, you or your employees may still be hesitant to start sharing, or think they don’t have anything to say... that’s okay. After creating your account, go find a few people to follow then start listening to how they are interacting. Take the next step by highlighting some of the ideas or information you find that you agree with and reshare those. After a while you’ll start to really get a feel for what you want to be saying and how to say it effectively as well.
Lastly, and this may seem overly simplistic though it is true: don’t worry about making a mistake. If you are playing in the social spaces you will make a mistake; but that’s okay too. Acknowledge when it happens and make your correction as soon as you can. In this way you can own your words and your mistake. This behaviour makes all the difference between a big or small mistake; between something that blows up or blows past.
Remember that social business is no different from any other interaction in the core values. If you pick up a phone or respond to emails in a professional capacity you can engage in social business as well. You have the trust of your company behind you, all you need now is the same trust in yourself and your success will be imminent! Just remember to follow the social computing guidelines, especially so if you share something you disagree with...
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Today I am happy to bring you our interview with Rob Weissman. Rob is the guy who helps us understand our business through metrics, so we can continually monitor, measure, and improve. He's also busy outside of work with a great program that we might have mentioned here before. Grab a cup of coffee, and say hi to Rob Weissman!
Tell us a little about yourself: who are you, what is your role in Rational Client Support?My name is Rob Weissman. I am a Sr. Business Analyst for the worldwide tech support organization within Rational.
How long have you been working for IBM and Rational?
started working for Rational in 2000 and have been with IBM since it
bought the brand in 2003.
What are you currently working on?
am currently working on bringing some of our reports into Cognos and
using Query Studio as a way to display data and allow users to query
on multiple variables.
Are you a gadget person? What type of gadgets do you use? \
would not consider myself a gadget person. Heck, I may have been the
last person to get a cell phone. The best "gadget" I have
is my iPod. I don't go anywhere without it. Crunching numbers all
day long requires good music!
What's the coolest piece of tech news you've heard lately?
just heard about new ways to give medicine that would not require
needles or pills. Pills have many side effects that could be
prevented with this new release mechanism. Also, since I fear
needles, I'm excited by this progress. Its too early to tell if this
will work, but I'm excited!
What is your favorite part of working for Rational Client Support?
flexibility and the people at Rational make it amazing. Without this
I would not have had the time to work with the visually impaired and
grow our program into one of the biggest in the country over the past
few years. The IBM On Demand Community has played a big part in
this. IBM and its employees donate millions of dollars every year to
so many organizations. I'm proud to be a part of this team!
What are you passionate about?
I love to win when I play ball. I love to win when I root for my
sports teams and I like to contribute to wins by providing
information to the management staff to help them drive decisions to
help Rational and its clients win.
How do you define success?
is when you have a goal that can be measured, and you meet or exceed
it. Success does not always equal winning, sometimes it is equal to
progress. You have to crawl before you can walk, and walk before you
In your spare time, if you have any, what hobbies or activities interest you?
spend a lot of my free time volunteering as the head coach of the
Boston Renegades. This is a team of visually impaired athletes
competing in an adaptive form of baseball for the blind. We practice
from March to August and travel around the country competing against
other teams. In 2010 we played in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, New
York and Rochester, MN. It's an amazing opportunity to give visually
impaired people the chance to play a competitive team sport. We are
the only blind baseball team in all of New England. For more
information on the team and sport you can visit our web page
What is on your nightstand with regard to reading?
Sports page of the Boston Globe to keep up with the Patriots, James
Patterson novels for entertainment, Maclife to help with my personal
computing and IBM
Cognos 8 Business Intelligence to help me with work related projects
has been your biggest surprise you have witnessed in the technology
How small everything is getting. Geez, things are so small they are
now falling out of my pockets!
What is your favorite technology that fizzled or failed to live up to the hype?
Odyssey 2 video game system from 1978. I was so bummed that it lost
out to Atari! Yes, I just dated myself
What are you doing to make the planet smarter?
am trying to educate people about the skills of visually impaired
athletes and help break down some of the barriers that exist between
sighted and blind people
How are you using social networking today?
created a Facebook page for our blind baseball team to share
information and pictures with the players, volunteers, families and
all of our fans across the world. It's been successful and we are
close to have 850 fans! You can join us by going to our page at
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