The book Vital Friends by Tom Rath challenges long-held assumptions people have about their relationships. And the team's landmark discovery — that people who have a "best friend at work" are seven times as likely to be engaged in their job — is sure to rattle the structure of organizations. This research and subsequent assessment from the Gallup Organization reveals eight vital friendship roles in your work and life.
Based on this reading and the recent blog Social Networking: How do we become Friends? GK raised several questions, which may merit some further dialog:
When considering how technology is used in the context of Social Networking, how would you answer the following questions:
For me the bottom-line question is do we believe a culture of friendship at work makes a difference, and if yes: