Author Archives: hcmgr

The Power of Personal Connection: My Final Thoughts on Social Media

This class on social media hit the mark.  I didn’t know what I didn’t know, and each week I discovered something new.  I learned many things, including the vitally important leadership concept: culture is the key factor in successful corporate  implementation of social media. I leave this class with my final post on personal connection […]

How to connect: the friendship paradox and 5 degrees of separation

  The Paradox The friendship paradox states that, you have less friends than the average person in your network.  Boston College students aren’t very comfortable with being below average.  Don’t feel bad.  Most people, and by most I mean nearly everyone, are in this below-average group.  Why? When trying to understand a concept, it often helps to […]

Wikipedia – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good Paraphrased from Wikipedia itself, Wikipedia is described as an online encyclopedia anyone can edit.  Launched in 2001, it has became one of the most used sources of knowledge by internet searchers, typically showing up first and almost always on the first page of a google search for most words.  It is developed by volunteers, […]

CDC has 4,589,663 Twitter followers and 1,678,384 Facebook fans

The Center for Disease Control (CDC), a federal agency which saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish its mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.  It uses fear to motivate citizens to avoid health threats, by showing […]

Recruiting effectively with social media: it’s not what you think

Do you have a tough position to fill?  Have you had turnover in this position for years, because you can’t find a great fit?  Have you posted the position on LinkedIn, Indeed, Monster, and other sites, with an unimpressive response of a small number of mediocre candidates?  Maybe your technique needs some work …. J.T. O’Donnell, […]

Saving Lives and Invading Privacy. Social Media & Analytics, the digital-edged sword.

*The mental health clinician knocks on the dorm room door for the 4th set of 3 loud knocks.  No response.  A Boston College police officer opens the door, alongside the dorm resident assistant.  The two professionals and the RA enter to see a young male college student who looks disheveled, admits to not having eaten […]

Initial Expectations for Social Media

Social media (the Web 2.0 sites Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc…) influence, inform, create value, destroy value, help people, hurt people, use our time, save our time, and I could go on and on.  Social media has woven itself into our lives and is a wave of force, pushing and pulling on us, regardless of our choice to […]