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Collaboration – Day or Night

Two weeks ago before the Canada/Russia World Junior Semi-Final I was settling in for the game (9 pm EST start time) when I saw this tweet.

The following thread ensued.

Before puck drop I was able to get to the office, grab my laptop, get back home, find and send Nick what he needed.

Shortly after Nick send this out (and my response).
From start to finish it took about 20 minutes of my time. A small investment of time but a huge investment in building relationships.

This interaction speaks volumes for the community that has been built on twitter by government employees. I have no vested interest in what Nick was working on and didn’t even know what it was. But because of my previous interactions with him it was a no-brainer for me to jump in and help out as he’s done for so many others, including me, in the past.

The beauty is that this type of interaction isn’t unique. Day after day I see examples of government employees helping each other out. Social media tools have allowed for the ability to connect day or night and it isn’t because we have to but because we want to, which is a big difference. This is also what I believe will sustain this community and allow it to continue to grow and become stronger.

We all contribute in our own way, make sure you find a way to help out. You’ll be glad you did.

Originally published at www.rodgallant.blogspot.com Follow me on Twitter @Rod_Gallant

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Steve Cottle

Great anecdote. I like your observation that “it isn’t because we have to but because we want to” that makes the connection valuable. Once you “have” to do something you would otherwise not want to do, it simply becomes another obligation and, while you may participate, it’s unlikely you’ll receive the same value you would from a community that “wants” to build connections. Probably a point worth considering as organizations determine whether to implement social media and whether to make participation a requirement.

Rod Gallant

Thanks Steve…I think that the wanting to do it is key and what houses the true potential of this community. Most of us don’t help out in these situations because of the have to, but because of the want factor.