I’ve been trying to catch up on some learning time this weekend. Mostly watching and listening to replays from some of the social leaders I follow. Tonight, I just happened upon a rant-ish type post from @iSocialFanz aka Brian Fanzo https://youtu.be/83ySoC1MCLM addressing many issues as they relate to social media tools and best practices. What I admire about Brian is his ability to articulate his passion for what he does in a very human and very genuine way.
But one piece of the replay caught my attention because it also applies to the administrative workplace. Know the tools you are using. Understand their context. Mistakes happen, but they cannot all be blamed on the tools we utilize because to paraphrase Brian– the end-user is responsible for the implementation of that tool. It’s also a reminder to be deliberate as we learn. Sometimes I rush to add another social application to my phone without a)needing it b)understanding its true function c)taking the time to learn the shortcuts and features thoroughly.
Admins use many tools to get work done, to communicate updates, to save time for their team. I’ve come to recognize (and somewhat accept) that due to the velocity of our changing field, I may have started to become a user of many tools- but master of none. Furthermore, it provoked me to think about doing some MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) testing. How else can I demonstrate that I have a comprehension of the main tool I utilize on a daily basis.
Think about it–
As an example, many of us utilize Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, but are you fluent, do you have a deep bench of skills or just enough to get by? Good stuff to ponder.