​​How Social Intelligence Can Guide Decisions and Improve Performance

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​A report from the consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, shares valuable insights on the topic of “How ‘social intelligence’ can drive decisions."

Not only is this an interesting read, but governance, risk, and assurance professionals should recognize the risk of not being intelligent and failing to mine the information available in social media. As the authors say, “The costs of navigating without a social-intelligence map can be substantial.” They should also understand the opportunity of using these tools to manage risks to business objectives.

Key points include:

  • As social technologies mature and organizations become convinced of their power, we believe they will take on a broader role: informing competitive strategy.
  • Social-intelligence literacy will become a critical asset for C-level executives and board members seeking the best possible basis for their decisions.
  • Social media can also provide windows into the plans of competitors, suppliers, and customers.
  • The range of analytical techniques has exploded, and to stay ahead of the game companies must tap new areas of expertise.

In contrast to some dry research papers, McKinsey makes excellent use of stories to illustrate and demonstrate their points. Look for discussions of:

  • Servier, a French company whose disaster could have been avoided by better social intelligence.
  • General Electric, who used social to generate thousands of ideas.
  • The Canadian company, Desjardins, who used social intelligence to inform and improve decision-making.

Where are you? Are you moving to upgrade your social intelligence? Do you understand the risk of not doing so, and the ability to improve management of business risk though social intelligence?

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