Users are growing in influence and power by voicing desired outcomes. Organizations think social media is the driving force to results. Cultural forces are hindering
results.


Cultural forces represent current realities vs. desired outcomes. The "field" between driving forces and constraining forces is where either conflicts arise or opportunities are realized. Conflicts
represent unmet expectations which are now transparent for the world to
see. Opportunities are where the cap between current realities and
desired outcomes can be closed.


Problems not resolved represent issues that sooner or later get communicated into "the field" which is now this thing we call social media.


Will Social Media Change Business Cultures?


Brian Solis writes in a post titled: How Social Media is Changing Business Cultures: Moving away from the play on words, culture is
something so powerful that consumers can invariably channel what we
represent through their actions and words to assist in the expansion of
reach and purpose. However, culture is usually something that is not
as intentional as we might think. The exercise of identifying who we
are and who we want to be is usually documented in a mission statement
but not embodied in our daily interactions. But, as social networks are
powered by people and emotions and interests are the ties that form
bonds between them, our culture becomes the very thing that attracts
affinity, and without it, the humanization of our brand is hindered.

Because influence is surmounting, it is now a requirement to foster a culture within that becomes the essence that cultivates collaboration inside and out, serving as the catalyst for inspired
activity in our communities of interest and beyond.


Yes, our culture is something that is going to change as a result of social media, as it should. No brand is an island and if you think about engagement as that of a tourism bureau, it is our job to go to
where people are discovering and sharing information now in order to
attract them to our story, realizing that without culture, experience,
community, and corresponding value, we will not earn the relationships
nor advocates we seek.


The Reality of Change


The current reality represents the experiences of the users, people, engaging with each other and businesses. The opposing forces are institutional methods and mindsets vs. people's methods resulting
from use of social media. This represents a field of forces and the
forces can go against you or with you. Going against people's desires
brings consequences. Many behaviorists might call it the "imbalance
of consequences
." Because of social media the balance of power
and influence has shifted to the people vs. the institutions.

Why don’t business leaders apply thought leadership and simply close the gap between business wants and people desires? The reason is that current realities are dictated, controlled and influenced by
organizational culture which is usually consumed with creating and
controlling results
.


With all the buzz about social media in the fields of advertising, marketing and PR the outcomes a rushing toward a cultural clash. The clash is being fueled by the public's awareness of intents vs. the
reality of corporate cultures.


Culture can be a beast that requires new knowledge to be applied to transform it into a social being. Advertising, marketing and PR is not the kind of knowledge needed to change organizational culture.
Cultural change starts with the few at the top listening to the many at
the bottom.

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Comment by Frank on March 28, 2010 at 4:32pm
I hope it really does change the business culture. It is extremely hard to do but eventually it will be the downfall of many by not taking it seriously.
Comment by Rory on March 26, 2010 at 3:53pm
Interesting! PR has the luxury really utilizing any and all vehicles.
Comment by Robin on March 26, 2010 at 12:28pm
It all boils down to are traditional ways of doing business going to hinder what can be done via social media. The companies and organizations need to change their mindset to utilize these new mediums.

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