Death of an editor

6 11 2009
Death of an editor? Please stand back

Death of an editor? Please stand back

The first thing that strikes me about blogging (blatantly obvious when you think about it), is the lack of editorial control. Clearly this has huge benefits in the immediacy and authenticity of messages, and as is oft quoted these days, information wants to be free.

But it makes me think for a number of reasons. Firstly, I’m lucky in a sense that after spending so many years as a lawyer (which many people might say is in itself unlucky!) I have learnt to write and edit my own work fairly ruthlessly. This doesn’t mean I’ve got anything interesting to say, just that I *should* be able to communicate it clearly. So I wonder how many messages are diluted because people don’t have the tools or skills to communicate effectively.

The other reason it makes me think, is that the end is in sight for my eldest child’s compulsory education, and I really wonder whether children are getting taught the skills they need to be successful in today’s fast changing world. The syllabus doesn’t seem that different to when I went to school, yet the world of work is vastly different (The Future of Management by Gary Hamel was the last book I read on the subject, but more importantly I have seen the vast changes as I’ve worked).

So death (or lack) of an editor; probably a good thing in this context, but in other areas it could be a problem if people are not given the skills they need to compensate for this.

And in the beginning……

5 11 2009
Intelligent Challenge

Comfortable with uncertainty

Prompted by thinking about how social media can merge personal and business worlds, and the pros and cons of keeping them separate, I started thinking about blogging more seriously. Stimulated further by my failure to get a website up and running quickly enough, and then finally spurred into action by some reflection on the need to execute rather than plan, I have taken the plunge.

To some degree, the blog is also an adventure, a journey into the unknown, which is another theme I’ve been reflecting on lots at the moment; particularly after reading Bob Johansen’s excellent book “Leaders Make the Future”, where he talks about the VUCA world; volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.

One of my key learnings over the last 18 months or so, has been to be more comfortable with uncertainty, and to move away from my inherent comfort zone of structure and planning. Anyone interested in this should also read Transitions by William Bridges; a classic on how people respond to change.

So, what to expect; well, Intelligent Challenge is a business aimed at helping lawyers and law firms be more effective, but I also expect this to evolve as I grow and new projects emerge. One such project I’m thinking about is a book; the concept is 80% formed, so watch this space.

I expect the blog to be much wider than just my business, but to stop short of my personal rants and the like, all of which will stay safely in the walled garden of facebook.

Finally, I’m a big believer in networks and communities, so if you are reading this, please do comment. I’m feedback agile too, and love to learn, so constructive criticism also welcome. Enjoy.