Authors Mark Babbitt and Ted Coiné Prepare Business Leaders for The Social Age with Launch of Their New Book, “A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive."

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A World Gone Social – containing stories, analysis of real-world scenarios, and indispensable guidance – welcomes an exciting new era in business: the Social Age. This book, which Adam Grant calls a “social survival guide,” provides the knowledge and tools leaders of teams from 6 to 600,000 need to build a socially-enabled organization.

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Packed with compelling stories of companies that are doing social right, as well as crucial lessons from some that are not, 'A World Gone Social' offers a guided tour across this sweeping, challenging, and still largely uncharted landscape.

Overwhelmingly, today’s business leaders are on board with having a social media presence. Yet, while busily dabbing away, many leaders deem social media as nothing more than the latest high-tech fad. Many overlook social media’s unavoidable impact as the catalyst for the imminent death of Industrial Age-style best practices – and business as usual.

Welcome to the Social Age.

In “A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive” (AMACOM; September 2014; $24.95 Hardcover), authors Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt celebrate the dawn of an exciting new business era: the Social Age.

As successful social media entrepreneurs, the authors draw on their own experiences, as well as the triumphs and missteps of other early adopters. Yet, their book goes far beyond the specifics of social media platforms, strategies, and tactics. Opening minds to a whole new reality about how companies innovate, collaborate, hire and develop team members, serve customers, and stay profitable, they urge every business leader to open their mind to social as a monumental change agent – and seize the opportunities it offers for business to become more human.

Packed with compelling stories of companies that are doing social right, as well as crucial lessons from some that are not, 'A World Gone Social' offers a guided tour across this sweeping, challenging, and still largely uncharted landscape. The authors cover mind-expanding, business-transforming territory, including:

  •     How social media has drastically shifted the balance of power from message-controlling corporations to customers—and what happens when those customers wield their social clout to praise outstanding service or to bash acts of corporate carelessness, or senselessness.
  •     How social media has radically transformed the employer-employee relationship. And how the surge in social recruiting is making both the search for the right job and the right job candidate more efficient, while making employers more transparent and accountable.
  •     Why genuine engagement—with employees, customers, partners, and all stakeholders—is fast becoming a basic business requirement, and how it increasingly takes an online community of brand advocates and champions to keep a business successful.
  •     Why the ability to think small and act nimble is the new competitive advantage (whatever a company’s current actual size), and how the future of productivity is “nano” corps, or fluid, self-forming groups that move from one organization to another.
  •     Why bosses and managers are fast becoming obsolete (yes, flat is the new black), and how to leverage the Social power of OPEN, where Ordinary People routinely intersect to form Extraordinary Networks.

http://aworldgonesocial.com/) ['A World Gone Social' __title__ ] is much more than a social media how-to manual. It is a must-read for every leader and stakeholder who knows their business must deliberately prepare for a successful transition into the Social Age. For more information or to purchase this book, click here.

Mark Babbitt is CEO and Founder of YouTern, a social community for college students, recent graduates and young professionals that Mashable calls a Top 5 Online Community for Starting Your Career. A prolific blogger and speaker, he is also President of Switch and Shift and a co-founder of ForwardHeroes.org. Mark is the father of five and a grandfather; he and his wife call Seattle home.

Ted Coiné is Chairman and co-founder of Switch and Shift, a leadership community that believes organizations – in order to thrive in the Social Age – must build trust-based relationships, lead with purpose, and enable employees to do work that matters. A noted blogger and speaker, Ted was recently named a Forbes Top 10 Social Media Power Influencer. Ted lives with his wife and two daughters in Naples, Florida.

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