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You May Be Wrong


With the frequency and ferocity of attacks BD00 foists upon the guild of institutional management in this highfalutin blog, you might think BD00 is a miserably unhappy and vengeful malcontent at work. If you do, then you’d be wrong. BD00 knows for a fact that his boss’s boss reads this blog “religiously“. BD00 also knows that his company’s CEO has stopped by to sample the waters at least once. The CEO even discretely and unjudgmentally referenced an idea from this caustic blog in a large gathering (for which he received a free BD00 T-shirt).

Do one thing every day that scares you. – Baz Luhrmann (Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen)

In three-plus years of blogging, BD00 has never received a peek-a-boo visit or been directly rebuked or threatened by anyone in his company’s leadership chain for exposing his wacko, close-to-home thoughts in writing. If you wrote a similar, self-exposing blog, could you confidently say the same about your management ?

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  1. October 11, 2012 at 4:30 am | #1

    Hmmm, well during the most recent restructure I put on my application form for my new job that I “did a blog”. It’s an anonymous, but not secret, blog.
    They got the organisations employment lawyer to read it, for what I don’t know but can guess. I was “warned” about this, then, bizarrely, was told that my new boss LIKES the stuff in it (systems thinking and that) and I’ve been asked to bring the ideas into the organisation openly. I think the system drove the fear response of getting the lawyer to proof read my blog (thanks for the hits!). And I think it was the new managers personal curiosity and openness to ideas that drove the good bit. So, I could definitely say the organisation isnt an accepting and open learning organisation. But it seems that individually there’s hope.

    • October 11, 2012 at 7:28 am | #2

      Thanks for sharing your personal experience. I wrestled with the anonymous/secret issue at the start and I decided “f*ck it”, I’m gonna throw caution to the wind. With freedom of expression comes the potential for unknown future danger. But isn’t future danger always a possibility?

  2. October 11, 2012 at 5:54 am | #3

    I live by the motto “It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission”. Mine is no secret now I’ve recently started cross-posting to LinkedIn. There are a few posts that I haven’t done that with but they are very few as I do see a slight difference between my Twitter and LinkedIn Audiences. If the LI one sees a post in an archive though, I’m now worried :-)

    • October 11, 2012 at 7:32 am | #4

      Nice motto Richard. Without it, you wouldn’t get anything of importance done, no? :) One of my mottos is “The only thing certain is uncertainty”. I’ve learned that from continuously failing to prevent something from happening in the future that I had (and still have) no control over.

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