Views not my own

“ALL CONTENT IS MY OPINION AND NOTHING SHOULD BE INTERPRETED AS BEING ENDORSED BY MY EMPLOYER. THIS IS A PERSONAL BLOG.”

“Views my own, not employers”

“Tweeting in a personal capacity only, not in a professional capacity”

The above are from twitter descriptions or blogs.

About 2 minutes ago I suddenly thought this really odd even though I do it too, the first statement in capitals is mine.  Why would all the interesting stuff be the preserve of individuals blogging in their underwear? Are people reserving all their clever and interesting thoughts about work for their spare time, leaving the dregs for work hours?

To see how odd I think it is, turn it around, imagine an employers blog or twitter feed saying “Views are entirely the organisations and are not shared by the people actually saying them“.

Odd, but mainly true.

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A stunning view. Not my employer’s.

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5 Responses to Views not my own

  1. Pingback: Views not my own | thinkpurpose

  2. bulldozer00 says:

    LOL. Those blogs wouldn’t get many hits at all. I know/think you’re in the UK, but check out this article about it being legally OK in the US to trash your boss online: http://abovethelaw.com/2011/03/insulting-your-boss-online-is-now-protected-speech/

    However, even though it may be legal via the first amendment, I personally don’t think it’s kool to give direct hits.

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  3. ThinkPurpose says:

    No, its never ok to have a go at other people at work through the privilege of social media, that’s like writing it on the toilet wall. Just rude.
    The sort of blogs/twittering I am referring to is the sort of thing that is about people trying to improve the work through thinking and talking about it. At least in the UK, in local government, I have only read interesting and potentially useful stuff written by people with those disclaimers next to them. They always make me think “if only they WERE the views of your employer”.

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    • bulldozer00 says:

      “if only they WERE the views of your employer” – Sadly, I agree. Why do you think they aren’t?

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      • ThinkPurpose says:

        there was this brilliant line Lance Armstrong came out with in the Oprah interview, “”Yes, I was a bully. I was a bully in the sense that I tried to control the narrative and if I didn’t like what someone said I turned on them,”
        I think most organisations aren’t that comfortable with there being multiple narratives.

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