February 13, 2012 / 3:48 PM / 7 years ago

Management Tip of the Day: Leverage your digital network

A porter carries luggage past a group of reception staff that are reflected in the floor as they stand in the foyer of the five-star rated Sofitel Hotel in Beijing November 19, 2007. REUTERS/David Gray

BOSTON (Reuters) - Being culturally fluent means being able to enter a new context, master the norms, and feel comfortable doing so, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (http:\\www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

“Most managers understand how to use online tools, such as LinkedIn and Facebook, to build their networks.

But few use these networks to gather information and wield influence. Here are three things you can do with a strong digital network:

1. Test ideas. Test proposals and strategies both inside and outside your organization. Float an idea to see how many “likes” it gets or to direct people to a survey.

2. Broker connections. Increase your influence by positioning yourself as a bridge between unconnected groups. Identify potential collaborations and make introductions.

3. Get feedback. Good networkers rely on their contacts to give feedback on challenges. Post a message about your struggle and solicit input.”

- Today’s management tip was adapted from “Three Skills Every 21st-Century Manager Needs” by Andrew L. Molinsky, Thomas H. Davenport, Bala Iyer, and Cathy Davidson.

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