Aug 052008

Curbing My Enthusiasm

Curbing My Enthusiasm

For the first time since I started blogging over four years ago, I have recently run into several examples in a short period of time where I’d love to blog about something happening in the business, and I think it would make for a great blog posting, but I can’t do it.  Why can’t I?  Lots of different reasons:

- Don’t want to telegraph strategy to the competition

- Don’t want to compromise an employee (current or former)

- Worried about downstream legal ramifications

There are other reasons as well, but these are the main three.  I love transparency as much as the next person (and more than most), but these scenarios have to trump transparency in my position as a CEO.  Hopefully the passage of time and the release of news will mean that I can still do the blog postings, but as more of a post mortem than something in the moment. 

But I hate curbing my own enthusiasm.  It’s a definite frustration in this case, and a new one.

  • Jacob Rideout

    Matt, what about an blog internal to the company? Would the same caveats you cite apply? You already send out periodic emails with insider information to the whole company.

    In fact there are a number of areas where we could make much better use RSS feeds – I don't need my inbox cluttered with "Candy guy is here" messages. I could filter, but pull works better than push for one-to-many communications.

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