Last December we wrote about the Social Enterprise movement and the way these tools create opportunities for employees to participate in and influence the “corporate discussion”. (Think of Sharepoint, Jive, Yammer, Kaltura or Lithium – which just raised $53mil.) Indeed, if implemented correctly, social enterprise tools offer employees new ways to become deeply involved in sharing knowledge, collaborating, and influencing company direction.
Although the enterprise software community is focused on productivity and collaboration – less understood is the opportunity these tools may offer leaders in identifying talent and thought leadership in an organization. Over time, some employees will attract followers to the knowledge, information and ideas they share. The results may be particularly interesting given the changing demographic and culture of new employees entering the workforce. If tracked correctly, this might be come a great means of identifying leadership from the bottom-up – and specifically a means that is very different from the traditional corporate review and hierarchy practices.
Employees who voice valuable information and ideas (either in text or video), share knowledge, and tend to collaborate will be valuable assets to any organization.
So… talent management, HR folks… it’s time to join the discussion.