Saturday, February 18, 2012

If you get it, share it

It was well over a year ago that I had this watershed. I was working where there seemed to be a pervasive culture of secrecy. I've long since left that work and to my knowledge the world has yet to benefit from it.

It will happen. It will work for them, I suppose. It's their version of success

It's a game that jars against everything I read about dynamic, creative organisatons. At about the time I was exposed to that culture of secrecy I joined the social media club, whose tag is "if you get it, share it". I knew that the whole world wasn't being selfish with their energies.

It seems worse to me when one accepts money for the work and then the money disappears for a long time. It reminds me of the time I took a $120 bottle of wine to a dinner party and the host locked it in a cabinet. Anything -industry journals, popular press, radio shows, a blog, twitter - is better than disappearing for three years with your gift. In some domains, however, it'll get you a stern letter from a lawyer.

So I was heartened to see Seth Godin's blog called "The sad irony of selfishness" and it also gives a little insight to what really drives the mindset.

Sharing your money, your ideas, your insights, your confidence... all of these things return to you. Perhaps not in the way you expected, and certainly not with a guarantee, but again and again the miser falls behind.

I choose to believe that. I have to believe that. I have enough evidence that it's the right way. I also note that Seth states that these things often return in a way you don't expect.

At this odd tract of my life, [metaphorically] sitting quietly in the garden, I have the chance to see the ways these things are returning to me, which is an adventure all its own.

On a little side (but related) note. Michael Clarke recently declared his cricket team when he had a score of 329 runs. Bradman's record is 337. But I think Clarke thought to himself "I've got another triple century in me, I'll come back for the record some other day".

So he unselfishly took a good decision for the team. Sometimes making apparently illogical decisions is a sign of confidence, that you have more than one shot in the locker.

A nice early 2012 example of leadership.

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