What Are The Expectations?

by Jay Deragon on 02/02/2009

social_media_clutterIn both personal and professional relationships there are always expectations. An individuals expectations are largely influenced by previous relationship dynamics and personal history. The expectations of professional relationships are largely influenced by product/service performance.

In both personal and professional settings people express expectations by sharing their wants and needs which reflect desires. In personal and professional relations the way to maximize relational capital is to deliver beyond the expectation.

What Does Social Media Do To Expectations?

As more and more people use social media they express opinions, wants, desires and needs. When you monitor the conversations one can see information that influences others and in many cases sets or raises expectations. Once expectations are raised it expands individual and collective knowledge and what is and what isn’t possible.

Think about any problem or contraint we have personally and professionally. To remove the constraint it takes new knowledge or learning of new methods. Once knowledge is applied creativity kicks in to use the new knowledge to remove constraints to old problems by creating new solutions either not known or previously undiscovered.   Social media accelerates the learning curve and awareness of solutions to personal and professional problems.

Who Has The Solutions?

We all  discover that the more people we connect with and the more conversations we observe and participate in the more opportunity there is to learn and discover solutions. The value of solutions are both individual as well as collective to a larger sphere of influence a particular solution may apply. One person can discover new methods, technology and knowledge that can deliver solutions sot by an individual or a crowd.  As more people become connected the natural affinity to topics, industries, content and social causes creates a natural migration to finding answers to specific problems that constrain an individual or a collective group of people.   Once a solution is found social media enables said solutions to go “viral” and touch more people, businesses and society faster than ever before.

The convergence of conversations enables us all to both create and find solutions that impact us individually and collectively. The power of communications and creativity amougst people facilitates convergent solutions to any problem, constraint or social concern. This dynamic is emerging as a powerful force of change never before witnessed or experienced in the history of mankind. No one individual has the one solution rather the convergence of conversations create “crowd solutions”.

Social media is largely being used as a new marketing and public relations medium however there is a much larger purpose emerging as more and more people discover what others have learned, experienced or knowledge shared which can be applied. The future of our wold is shaped by knowledge which is distributed through the mediums of conversations. Today conversations have been empowered by social technology which has a reach beyond any other communications medium experienced in history.  Knowledge has a way of changing the world by applying new solutions to old problems. The irony is that solutions take time to change old paradigms and it is our individual mind sets that create the greatest constraint to change. Thus, the more people become connected the greater chance we have of changing old paradigms by sharing solutions through conversations, one to one to millions. The power of a “crowd” is the fuel behind creating waves of needed changes that can solve old problems that constrain personal and professional progress.

If you want to make progress join the conversations and learn then apply. Soon your expectations will change and you’ll be delighted with what you’ll discoverGet it? What say you?


Sammi Bailey June 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm

How does societal expectations, and personal expectations influence poeple’s actions?

Dan February 3, 2009 at 1:18 am

I picked up an article on Charles Darwin and some of the ideas behind evolution in a recent National Geographic magazine. A strange parallel struck me: ideas change as they are transferred from person to person…for expediency, let’s say that they mutate. Some ideas mutate into successful survival characteristics as they are passed along, other ideas become extinct as they work their way through the chain. Yet each and every idea is applied, tested, mixed, passed on or rejected differently in every lineage. The net average is quite miraculous.

To say that social media is accelerating human evolution may not be so far fetched, it would seem.

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