18/04/2013 1 Comment
Aspects of social media have led to a further blurring of the lines between work and weekend activities, or what some might describe as work-life balance. This ‘blurring’ concerns not just the use and availability of mobile technologies that connect us on a 24/7 basis, but also the ownership of content e.g. of a Tweet or a set of contacts of LinkedIn.
In the consultancy work I do and in the training courses I run, I often say that Knowledge Managers should be as good at ‘killing things off’ as they are introducing new – by which I mean it is very easy to get seduced by a new piece of technology, the latest release of software, or ideas from the management guru of the day, and introducing these new ways of working to the organisation; without thinking sufficiently about what these new practices and technologies might replace.
An approach of ‘introducing new’ without a mind-set of ‘killing off the old’ inevitably leads to a plethora of ways of doing similar things, confused employees, increased costs, and information silos.
From a personal perspective, many readers of this blog will have also experienced the excitement of using ‘the new’ as they connect to, and use a variety of, social media and web services. What seemed like a good idea at the time can lead to information overload and a feeling of not being able to keep up with the latest and ‘best’.
In this situation, what action can you take, and how easy is it to get unconnected? Some answers are provided in an article in the New York Times Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.
Photo from Chapendra’s Photostream on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/chaparral/