Twitter Conversations and Reality
One strength of Twitter is the speed, reach, and ease of connection that is social business. In a few tweets and direct messages, we can gather a team and make a project happen.
The Likeability Factor as Tim Sanders defined it — friendliness, relevance, empathy, and authenticity — is a critical component to online social business. We make business relationships and referrals from our “friends” list on Twitter.
Social business connections happen so quickly and easily. It’s not hard to develop a false sense of a person’s abilities. Extended online business conversations that explore theory, philosophy, and expertise can overshadow the reality that we’ve never actually seen or worked with a person.
Hidden Assumptions and Business Likeability
As a young manager making my first hire in the offline world, I was swayed by whether I liked the candidates sitting across from me.
But when folks can’t or don’t do the job, they become problematic no matter how likeable they are in a more social context.
Tim Sanders suggested likeability was necessary, not a replacement for, traditional skills sets. It’s easy to get caught in hidden assumptions about these equally important business “abilities.”
- CAPABILITY – Does this person actually have the skill set that job requires? Conversation is not the same as the ability to actually do something well.
- “RESPONSE ABILITY” – Does she respond quickly, thoughtfully, with a focus and a solution that will last longer than 140 characters?
- BELIEVABILITY – Does he tell the truth, even when it’s not easy? Have we actually experienced that?
- ADAPTABILITY – Will the person understand when change happens without responding like a frustrated 4-year-old?
- ACCOUNTABILITY – Does she own what she does, fix what she breaks, and strive for quality?
BUSINESS LIKEABILITY – competent, trustworthy, and a pleasure to work with.
No time before has any culture had the power to build deep, strategic networks so efficiently. The connections have incredible potential to keep our businesses growing with minimal overhead and maximum accomplishment. No time before has business been so global and fluid. We’re learning to navigate a new reality.
We have to keep remembering to ask questions.
Do online conversations to lead to hidden assumptions more often than the offline equivalent?
–ME “Liz” Strauss
Work with Liz!!