Public and Private Spaces

Jon Udell has a comment on a point made by Ray Ozzie of Groove who says: “I’m pondering what it will mean if I begin to post my thoughts here in public, as opposed to using Groove-internal blogs/sts/notes/groove spaces. Forcing myself to partition internal vs. external on a daily basis would truly be a mindset change… ”

Writes Udell: “There are many voices telling your story every day on the Internet. Telling it yourself, in your own words, helps make sure it gets done right…People increasingly expect that blogs are avatars that represent us in cyberspace…As a practical matter, flowing some of that which is not necessarily secret to a blog should not cost anybody more time or effort. It’s really a redirection of thoughts and keystrokes that are happening anyway into a venue that can have much wider impact — while also including audiences privy to internal communication.”

I fully agree. This is what this blog does. I put out our thinking and what we are doing in the company. I am not worried about someone else replicating that thinking – its well-nigh impossible to live through what I have in the past year or so. What we do is an outcome of our reading, thinking and experiences. In fact, blogging about one’s ideas in public also helps others who may have similar thoughts connect to us. For small companies willing to “open-source” themselves, blogs are a great way to get into the radar screens of people who matter.

Christensen and Collins on Leadership

Clay Christensen is the author of “The Innovator’s Dilemma”. Jim Collins is the author of “Guilt to Last” and “Good to Great”. Business 2.0 – gets the two to discuss – What Makes a Great Leader?.

Christensen: Breaking an old business model is always going to require leaders to follow their instinct. There will always be persuasive reasons not to take a risk. But if you only do what worked in the past, you will wake up one day and find that you’ve been passed by.

Collins: Of all the persistently good companies we studied in Good to Great, only one was led by a CEO who had an MBA. The most common academic background, oddly enough, was law. I asked one of the CEOs how law school helped prepare him to be a business leader, and he replied, “It taught me to ask the right questions rather than come up with the right answers.”