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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Open Leadership: Post #6 - Guidelines

Open Guidelines, Policies and Procedures—“Sandbox Covenants.” I love the sandbox rules (“covenants”). Even when kids are playing in the sandbox, they don’t get to throw sand at each other…there are rules. Li suggests that while we need to encourage openness, rules are still needed, especially for employees. She provides a great checklist on p. 112 (Social media guidelines checklist, Figure 5.1), suggesting transparency (always identifying who you are and for whom you work), responsibility (you’re personally and professionally responsible for what you say—so read employee agreements carefully), and confidentiality (some things are confidential and should not be shared with the public and have legal implications like insider information regarding earnings, etc).

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