Sorry, I need to get something off my chest.
And I may alienate a portion of the community in doing so.
But -- well -- something needs to be said.
Like any hot topic, there are many people out there offering expertise on the whole 2.0 thing: social media, social networking, social computing, whatever.
And, occasionally, I go surfing the chatter-sphere to see what people are talking about. Like most surfing, you find a few bits are interesting, with a whole lotta "meh".
I do appreciate those brave souls who have hung out their consulting shingle and tried to make a living on helping companies make the transition.
I think that those of you who follow this blog and this journey realize we've rolled up our sleeves, and made an amazing amount of progress in a very short time -- due to a combination of some very talented and passionate people, and a corporate culture that can evolve much faster than most people realize.
But -- really -- to take our approach to task and say "we don't get it" or "we're missing it" or "what we really don't understand" or "we did it all wrong" and otherwise lambaste us for what we're doing?
I would favorably compare our practical organizational knowledge and methodologies on what we've learned to many of the "experts" out there -- especially those who haven't had the privilege of actually doing this sort of corporate transformation on a large scale over a sustained period of time.
We live in the real world. And all the theory and research and opinion doesn't mean much unless you figure out a way to apply it to a real-world company with real-world challenges.
I have been very open and transparent about our journey and experiences here. Warts and all. My hope is that I can inspire and help others who are on a similar journey. Understand our thinking, learn from our successes and failures -- and get to where you're going faster and with less stress.
But, in doing so, I'm finding that -- as is often true in public forums -- I've created a convenient target for people who want to take their shots for whatever reason. There's not many of them, but I think it's a problem that I want to nip in the bud.
I understand that a key part of securing consulting business is pointing out shortcomings in what your prospective client is doing -- that much I get. And, trust me, I am quite aware of several areas where we could be faster/better in all of this.
But, in the act of sharing negativity, you're dissuading others from starting and sharing their journeys as well. I see it corroding and polluting the collective commons.
We all want to live in a world where e2.0 is the norm, and not the exception.
So, let's be positive out there, shall we?
And, if you insist on being negative, pray that you don't end up on an industry panel that includes me as a guest speaker.