Mar 07, 2008

Recycling knowledge can be good...Being a Green Leader I think often we are so keen to create the future we can forget some great things from the past. What if you learned to recycle as a leader in a positive way? R = Re connect with all those people that you have collected business cards from over the years, met at university, school etc. Social networking sites make this easier than ever..and who knows how you could help each other now? E = Ensure that you know the skills of people outside of work and see if you can reuse them inside work. I remember managing someone who turned out to be a rap singer at night, he sang the month end results at the next team was fantastic! C = Create an ideas folder - I use a moleskine and keep ideas that you don't use, keep reading them because they may just be not right today...but who knows tomorrow.... Y = You learn a lot from "failures" and successes. Have a lessons learned session at the end of a project, season, launch, year end etc...then read them before embarking on the next. Recycle the good, dump the bad! C = Create a talent folder for people that you meet, people that come for a role that isn't right for them but you want in your organisation. L = Learning through history. Write down the history of your company, the stories, the characters, the successes, the failures...and keep the story alive in presentations. Helps people understand the values of the company the why the company exits. E = Ensure that you desire to keep things fresh does not change things for the sake of it. If people enjoy something, are motivated by it..stick with it! Recycle positives... Any other ideas?

Anna Farmery

Social Marketing Architect, Speaker, Author and in spare time completing PhD on the future of the social business model

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