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Think about fear for just a minute.
Is it always a bad thing? I would argue that it isn’t and what fear sometimes does is elicit courage, by default. Fear can make us find the biggest, brightest ideas of our lives. It can make us move faster, make quick decisions and throw caution to the wind.
Fear is a tool that, when used accordingly, can push us to greatness.

In my last post: Six ways to get social media buy-in from the boss, the underlying theme was scare the heck out of your boss if he or she keeps pushing off innovation and incorporating social media into the fabric of the organization. It was subtle in may ways, but present nevertheless. One of my suggestions was to accentuate the negative content found about the company through a Google search, and touting the social media efforts of competitors.

Richard Millington, a blogger I read regularly and respect a great deal, reminded me in the comments area that one should be wary of focusing solely on the negatives for participating in social media. He added: “I think it’s also important to have some great case studies from relevant industries, do some twitter searches for your industry’s subject matter and demonstrate how easy it is to reach so many poeple.”

Richard is right.

But some eggs are harder to crack than others. If you work for one of those eggs, you know what I’m talking about. So, consider fear as a tool and add it to your arsenal.

Show them that they are being left in the dust. Make them move faster, make quick decisions and throw caution to the wind.

Scared? Good. Courage is right around the corner!

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I’ve gotten quite a few new followers on twitter lately, so I decided to take 20 minutes to check them all out and decide who I would “follow” in return. I clicked on the link for someone called “feedthe pig” and received this message:

“This account is currently suspended and is being investigated due to strange activity.”

Anyone know what that could be about?” Perhaps he was literally trying to feed pigs. I can see how that would be considered strange.

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