Humanized businesses are the key to business success. And knowing how to evaluate your business and the level of ‘human’ elements that presently exist will help you benchmark where you are now – and also set some goals for where you might like to be in the future.
The four human elements identified in Humanize are how open the organization is, how trustworthy it’s deemed, as well as how generative and courageous it is. These things are what we see everywhere as the lessons from the power of social media—things we want our organizations to be and things we want organizations we work with and buy from to be. We want them to hear us. We want access to people inside companies and we want those people to be able to help us (whether we’re complaining or evangelizing). We want to interact with companies we trust. We want to collaborate with brands we love. These four elements are aspirational. And if you build more of these things into your business, you’ll grow and flourish in ways that closed, machine-centric organizations never will. It’s human-centric organizations that will flourish in today’s connected world filled with passionate, empowered consumers.
The good news: Maddie and Jamie have developed a short quiz that will allow you to take a quick snapshot, no matter where you are in the organizational hierarchy, of your organization in about 15 minutes. The quiz results will give you some ideas as to what areas need your attention as well as where you’re already doing a great job. One added bonus: if you opt for the “yes email me my results” option, Jamie and Maddie will review your results and provide an interpretation of the information, as well as some advice for you moving forward.
Here’s how you can access the quiz and if you take it, I’d love for you to circle back and tell us what you thought. And if this conversation has inspired you to want to buy the book, well, you can skip over to Amazon and do that right here. It’s also available at Barnes & Noble and available for immediate download for the Kindle, iPad and Nook.
One final point: As a companion to the book, Maddie and Jamie have developed a set of four downloadable worksheets that you can use to start developing your own action plans that will help make your organization more open, trustworthy, generative and courageous.
It’s one of my favorite business reads of the last year and I recommend it often because I genuinely think it’s terrific—whether you (or your clients) operate in the B2B or the B2C space. Maddie and Jamie are onto something that’s really a crucial component of success.
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