Doing More with Less - Is Social Media the Answer?
Well, the NATO Secretary General is blowing me out of the water for sure on the blogging side of the house. It's been seven days since my first blog. Does the excuse that I just got here and I've got a staff of two count? And oh by the way, that staff of two was down to one this week? Yah, I didn’t think so…
Keeping up with you social medializers is NOT easy and definitely not easy when you're trying to learn about a giant command like EUCOM and learn the best people to engage with out there in the blogosphere. Not to worry, I'm getting there, but it is only now at this moment where I can actually take a deep "goosefrabba" breath and feel like I'm getting the hang of this.
So, the topic du jour or rather du semaine, is doing more with less. Does the age of social media relieve some of the stress for everyone? The tools out there, to connect with the rest of the world, are vast and what you can do with them is incredible.
I read a great Huffinton Post blog yesterday by Jared Cohen. Jared works on the Secretary of State's policy planning staff.
He blogged about an event he just returned from, called the Alliance of Youth Movements Summit. The attendees of the summit were a bunch of young leaders who have made an impact through social media, or as Jared likes to call it, connection technologies or ConnectTech, for short. BLUF (military speak for Bottom Line Up Front): they made an impact using social media and getting their voice heard by connecting and communicating with people throughout the world.
Those young leaders did more with less! Through social media, they were able to reach people they would have never talked with before. The opportunities are endless for my command which partners with 51 independent nations. Think about how many folks actually make up that group of nations. A LOT!
We’re exercising and training with our partner nations’ militaries and communicating that we are ultimately stronger together. We can all share and learn from each other and social media or ConnectTech, whatever you want to call it, is making that ever more possible.
So, perhaps social media has indeed relieved some of the pressure of doing more with less? Maybe you have an opinion on that?
I do know that the KEY to social media is taking the time to research the tools out there to help you do more with less and set goals for yourself. What are you trying to accomplish and why?
And, just so you know, my goal by the end of 2009, is to establish myself in the blogosphere and learn the best way to share EUCOM’s and our partner nations’ story. Most importantly, I want to share those stories in a way that makes folks want to pay attention and connect with me and my command!