This week @gopaldass and I ran a workshop with an NHS Foundation Trust Board of Directors in the Midlands – sharing our learning and thinking about the opportunities and challenges of social networking from personal, professional and organisational perspectives.
It struck me that we are so used to an NHS discourse around risk, compliance and assurance that we unconsciously and perhaps even automatically frame a conversation about social networking in this way. It is of course right to carefully consider the challenges and risks of social media and it would be erroneous not to. But it can too easily sabotage an appreciation of the potential of social media to provide a space for more transparent and open dialogue.
That’s why I was so delighted when one participant shouted out ‘we just need to be brave!’ and with this one comment turned our discussion towards the exciting possibilities afforded by social networking. Now that for me is leadership – a willingness to take a risk and innovate, try something new and experiment without knowing where it might lead.
Is your organisation prepared to be brave?