Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom: How Online Social Networking Will Transform Your Life, Work and World
"If you want to understand why Wikipedia is changing the world, this book is a must read."
–Jimmy Wales, Founder, Wikipedia
"This book is a must read for all - social activists, politicians or managers - who have an interest in understanding how our society is morphing."
Detailing the way social networks affects both individuals and societies as a whole, the book offers a detailed focus on the ways social networking affects the world of business and work. The generation entering the workforce today - and entering boardrooms everywhere - is fully engaged with social networking and its uses. Rather than feeling threatened and paranoid, today's business leaders need to understand this phenomenon, accept that it won't go away, and embrace its power in the world of business.
Excerpts from Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom:
"Many senior managers mistakenly believe Enterprise 2.0 is a product, like the latest Microsoft office suite. They don’t realise that Enterprise 2.0 is not a cost centre, but a “state of mind” – a revolutionary new way of managing companies and conducting business.
Web 2.0 tools have no regard for “organisational boundaries, hierarchies, or job titles”. Try telling a senior executive that, henceforth, there will be no job titles, reporting lines, and organisational boundaries in the company – and watch the reaction closely."
"When someone calls a meeting, he or she is asserting authority over those who are invited to attend. Meetings are exclusive and closed. In most corporations, who gets invited to a meeting – and who does not – sends a signal about who’s ‘in the loop’. Meetings are a form of social grooming inside organisations. Meetings impose vertical authority. They establish status hierarchies. The Enterprise 2.0 model is feared in corporations because it threatens status hierarchies."
"Harnessing the dynamism of horizontal networks, Web 2.0 social media are bypassing institutional forms of social organisation and directly empowering people. This book has attempted to tell that story with illustrations, which, we hope, have offered intriguing and instructive insights into the powerful transformations we described. What has interested us most, indeed, is the transformative impact – or “e-ruptions” – of Web 2.0 social media on the three dynamics that gave this book its structure: identity, status and power."
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Review: Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom: How Online Social Networking Will Transform Your Life, Work and WorldUser Review - LitProfSue - Goodreads
I think, like many people, I've drifted along with the trend of adopting social media. I have a blog, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account. Obviously, I'm sharing my reading here too. Each step didn ... Read full review
Review: Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom: How Online Social Networking Will Transform Your Life, Work and WorldUser Review - Eric - Goodreads
This was the best book on social networking I've read in a long time, or maybe ever (I really liked Wikinomics, too). Instead of coming from a fluffy psycho-pop background, the book reflects a strong ... Read full review