To be dooced or not
If perchance I have offended, then think on this and all is mended…
Imagine you have a personal blog where you write about things that happen and that you learn to help share knowledge and experience with your peers. What would you do if your employer was unhappy by something you posted?
Would you stop blogging?
Would you resign?
Would you remove the offending posts?
Would you edit the offending posts to make them less offensive?
Would you just ignore it?
Would you blog about it?
I would wonder why they would be offended. I respect a companies right to protect things related to their competitive advantage. Their pricing model or customer lists, or their corporate finances.
However I don’t believe that for example writing about a conflict that exists within a company which you are looking to solve, infringes on their competitive advantage. It is more likely that the conflict itself is an impediment to their competitive advantage, than one person’s take on it.
If you are an employer what would you do if this happened? I’d like to think that I would try to address the root problem, and not the fact that someone is talking about a problem. I believe everyone I work with should have the right to express what is true for them, publicly or privately, without blame. Only if we can engage at this level can we really move forward.
If you are struggling with something like this, I’d recommend reading “Leadership and Self-Deception” by the Arbinger Institute. I finished it today. I think I will need to read it a few more times, but for now I say: If there is anyone I have offended with my blog. I apologise. I recognise you as a person with your own hopes and fears. However, my truth is that I believe in honesty. I believe in openness. I believe that shining a light in the dark corners we don’t like to visit is the only way to make them a less scary place to visit, and there are no corners of my life or work that I want to avoid.