So it's been awhile since I've posted, but mostly because I've been guest-blogging over at Brazen Careerist so it's not for lack of effort on my part. I've actually been writing a lot, in fact. Just not posting here. It's interesting to be writing on someone else's blog, as it creates a whole new dynamic for me. It's a little strange really.
I think many bloggers like me go through a series of steps in their blogging career. I'll call them The 12 Phases of Becoming a Blogger (for an average guy).
- I can't do a blog. I'm not qualified.
- I could do a blog, but no one would read.
- If I did do a blog, some people would read.
- Once I started a blog, I would run out of things to write about.
- I'm going to try blogging, but I don't know how to set it up.
- People would probably help me set it up, so I'm going to try and do this.
- I now have a blog, and it's hard to fit writing into my life, but I think about things diferently.
- I've been writing a little bit, and I'm running out of things to say.
- I'm starting to fit blogging into my normal weekly routine.
- I have way too much to write about that I no longer have the time to write about everything I want to say.
- I've met a few people through my blogging.
- Blogging has changed so much about my life.
At least that's how it went for me. Every step for me in my blogging experience has been from other people pulling me into the blogosphere. In that, blogging is unlike so many other things in life.
I had a pretty funny example of Radical Transparency happen to me today while in a meeting with my executive team at Google. We were having an offsite at The Four Seasons Hotel in Palo Alto, and discussing the strategic direction of the Online Sales and Operations group and some other topics. At one point we got to talking about the people side of the business, and the idea of employee engagement. Google's employee base is a pretty happy bunch of people, as that's why we won the top spot on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to work for in America this year.
So I'm new, and trying to make an impression and generally contribute to the discussion, even though my head is spinning from trying to get up to speed in my new job. And then right in the middle of the meeting I say, in my most profound voice, "Someone once said that most jobs are too small for the human spirit..." Now, I really believe this is true. And apparently, it really resonated with the team, because a bunch of the leaders in the room were nodding their heads and asking me to repeat it so they could write it down.
So here's where it get's funny. One of the leaders says, "Hey, let's find out who said that..." as in, let's found out what famous person coined such a remarkably insightful proverb. So I think nothing of it, and 1-2 minutes later, this guy starts laughing and says, "I found out who came up with that quote." And everyone looks, and he points at me. The only reference on the entire Internet to that specific phrase is by yours truly in an interview with Jason Goldberg a year or two ago. You can see for yourself here.
So, you have to be careful what you say in a Radically Transparent world, in more ways than you might think.