Do you work some­where that blocks access to social com­put­ing appli­ca­tions in some way, or that hasn’t embraced the social com­put­ing move­ment? Have you ever chal­lenged the Pow­ers That Be as to why? No?

Well, suck it up my friend. Time to embrace your inner Cubi­cle Com­mando!

Here are some great ques­tions you could be ask­ing tomor­row. Don’t be afraid to chal­lenge senior man­age­ment with them. You might actu­ally get a real answer and a lit­tle respect out of it.

  • Are we rad­i­cally trans­par­ent? If not, why not?
  • Do we pro­vide an RSS feed of all our pub­licly released mate­r­ial, or do we force peo­ple to come to us?
  • Have we con­sid­ered Cre­ative Com­mons licens­ing for all mate­r­ial we pro­duce that isn’t com­mer­cially or per­son­ally sen­si­tive (the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment are)?
  • Does the CEO or other senior man­age­ment blog or com­mu­ni­cate reg­u­larly with staff in a pub­lic forum? Can staff respond with­out fear of ret­ri­bu­tion or ridicule?
  • Is there an open, pub­lic chan­nel between the busi­ness and our client base that equally accepts bou­quets and brick­bats? Is that chan­nel respon­sive within 24 hours to every com­mu­ni­ca­tion in an equally pub­lic way?

These ques­tions and oth­ers like them are likely to get you some odd looks ini­tially. But if you and a few of your col­leagues start ask­ing them reg­u­larly, maybe you can drive pos­i­tive change in the busi­nesses you work in.