The March 26, 2012, Wizard of Id comic strip cracked me up.  Rodney, the soldier, is about to do battle with an enemy soldier.  As swords are drawn and they are about to engage, Rodney looks at his opponent and says, “Well, this is awkward.”  The two of them suddenly realize they are Facebook friends.

Anachronisms aside, the strip reminds us of the exponential reach of our networking tools, both offline and online.  Now the two worlds can work together to facilitate more connections in more ways than we ever dreamed possible.

That reality behooves us to apply the highest degree of courtesy, ethics, and consideration to everything we do, in both worlds.  As I have shared before, today the virtual world is just as real as the “real” world.

The old saying, “It’s a small world,” is becoming truer every day.  Let’s keep that in mind in all our words and deeds.

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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