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Social Business Demands Working Out Loud
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Thomas Claburn
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8/26/2013 | 7:43:01 PM
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Can you clarify what you mean by "working out loud"?
David F. Carr
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8/27/2013 | 12:37:08 PM
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The concept is that if coworkers routinely share updates about what they're working on, that creates opportunities for others to share tips or ideas or let you know they are working on something similar, or warn you that you're headed down a dead-end path. For writers like us, it might mean more sharing of sources; for salespeople, sharing of contacts and introductions. That's the theory, anyway.
Dennis Pearce
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9/4/2013 | 2:55:35 AM
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I would just add to David's response that I think there are two aspects to working out loud, the individual and the team or group aspect. Working out loud as an individual is using blog posts, tweets, status updates, etc. to let others know what you are doing or thinking. But as a team member or department member you might also use discussions or blog posts in place of email to do your work with others (assuming they do the same).
jcruzinsurance
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8/27/2013 | 6:35:25 AM
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This is a very impressive post. It is rightly said that no one can deny the positive impact of social media in running of any kind of business today. This plays a vital role in branding and promoting your business. All you need is to create a niche market to get the optimum advantage.
StephanieR908
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8/27/2013 | 5:31:05 PM
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Excellent article. We are trying to instill the concept of working out loud in our organization. The graphic you have in your article is a helpful visual. I currently deliver the "cookie cutter" training sessions you're describing here and definitely want to move more to the tailored sessions for groups; however, I face the challenge of convincing others in the organization that the smaller training sessions are truly an effective use of time and make a deeper impact on changing the culture. This article helps substantiate the value proposition of smaller training classes with specific groups. Thanks.
Alex Kane Rudansky
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8/27/2013 | 6:47:24 PM
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I like the idea of "in the flow." If a workflow strategy is implemented from the top down without much on the ground understanding from upper management, it might not be successful because it doesn't mesh well with the existing system. A strategy that isn't extra work for employees will be more easily adopted.
Bryce Williams
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9/4/2013 | 12:40:31 PM
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Thanks for the reference Dennis. I've been meaning to write a follow-up post to my original (3 years later!) that talk about the challenges of promoting "working out loud" in an environment concerned with information security, intellectual property, etc. And how working out loud is actually a perfect complement to those strategies in maintaining and innovative and productive environment, and not the threat to protecting confidential information that many may initially assume. Coming soon! Hopefully... Thanks!


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