LinkedIn is an economic & influence powerhouse, not a place to put your CV

If you think LinkedIn is just a good ‘place to put your CV’ than you are missing out on the platform’s huge business benefits and potential. LinkedIn is a powerhouse of economic data that can predict and fill skills gaps, uncover rare, high-demand talent and is now one biggest publishing houses in the world. With[…]

How one Aussie CEO used LinkedIn to expand into 27 countries

A leader who actively engages on social media platforms is good for business and with 7 million Australian and 380 million global users LinkedIn is a strategic fit those seeking to tap into global professional networks. One such CEO is Craig McDonald, head of software security company MailGuard, who was recently announced as one of Australia’s[…]

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What top business journalist Alan Kohler can teach business leaders about social media

If you know that social media is mission critical yet are still having trouble convincing the executive, take some cues from how business journalist Alan Kohler thinks. With his finger on the pulse of business, his questions mirror those you can expect so use them to pre-empt concerns and provide answers about enterprise and personal use. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/211166605″[…]

CEO, COO & CFO key to unlocking social media benefits

What makes a great leader? Different times demand different skills and styles. So what does leadership look like in a world in which 3 billion people are online and where mass adoption could add 6.7 trillion to the global economy? It’s a different mindset. Social leaders ‘get’ how deeply interconnectivity impacts relationships and are hungry to leverage it.[…]

Should the CEO be social?

Chief executives may not want to be on social media but their people, customers and shareholders sure wish they were there. Numerous reports confirm that a social CEO positively impacts perceptions of trust, reputation and engagement. According to surveys: Weber Shandwick – in 2013 found 76% of executives want the CEO to be social, up to 81%[…]

Is lack of social media know-how in HR negligent?

It’s odd that some professionals wear a disinterest in social media as a badge of honour; given its ubiquity, understanding the business, governance and legal impacts should be a requirement. Social media impacts the employment life cycle from pre-employment to recruitment, training and dismissal and every tier of business strategy from product development, marketing, sales[…]

‘I don’t know’. Using uncertainty as a platform for growth

When ‘leadership’ is confused with ‘the need to know everything’ it can lead to cultures of bluff where people feel it’s more important to give a response (including a wrong one) than acknowledge doubt. Instead, these three simple words from a leader can establish a very different context: I don’t know. “I don’t know” puts the[…]

Disagreement is not disloyalty

It might seem counterintuitive, but formal processes are not a panacea for good governance. Post-mortems of Enron and WorldCom, or closer to home Centro, reinforce that these companies failed despite entrenched controls. What leaders can learn from these high-profile failures it that risk-taking is a cultural issue and that, with respect to decision-making, a culture[…]