Hi all. Let me start this short post by saying thanks to all of my followers who emailed or called to find out why I haven’t been posting much for the past few weeks. I continue to be amazed at how we form relationships with people through blogs, tweets and on-line interactions. From my perspective it is one of the greatest benefits of the socially networked world we enjoy. To make a long story short for those I haven’t been in touch with, sometimes life throws us a curve ball and now and then it tosses us a few at the same time. Well, I had one of those periods and was pretty much down and out and rather ill for a while. I’ve been feeling pretty good the past couple of days and so am back up and about and trying to catch up on a lot of work and writing that fell by the wayside.
Yesterday I had separate conversations with the leaders of three very different organizations, each with a set of issues, challenges and needs as varied as their firms with one major exception. All have a clear need to open up communication within their business in order to achieve the changes required to ensure continued success. All share the far to common array of communication related problems we know so well.
As I was reviewing, clarifying and reflecting on my notes last night I chuckled a little at the idea that all three had raised the same concern about “loosing control of the messages and conversations” by sharing information and establishing communication processes that will allow for a freer exchange of ideas. In the words of one CEO “if I start a blog and allow for comments and feedback, people will simply use that as a way of raising all their bitches for everyone in the company to see and I will lose control. All the crap they talk about in the lunch room and on the shop floor will be posted and I can’t have that.”
I’ll leave aside the conversations we had around those ideas. Instead, I want to ask your thoughts on the following question: What drives the fear of loosing control and how do we get leaders to shift their thinking?
It’s nice to be back and I look forward to your thoughts and ideas….cheers and onward, Ken