Strategic Market Leadership

Knowing When to Be Careful...

Thu, 2011-06-23 10:22 -- tomjonez

In the digital age, we are wise to be conscious that blogs, web-posts, Twitter "tweets," web-site articles, and Facebook wall posts have a very long shelf-life. It has even been said that digital posts may be functionally permanent. As a result, we are wise to be careful to "watch our words." Leaders, Board Directors, Managers - one and all - can be caught short by a quick personal posting to a social media site.  It is far too easy to write something quickly that we may later regret. Yes, this is obvious; but far too often overlooked. Abraham Lincoln is reported to have said, "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt." Lincoln's axiom is even truer today because we have so many forms of digital communication available to us. AND, many internet experts warn us that our digital postings will be available through search engines for many, many years. We are wise when we exercise great discretion and abundant grace when posting messages on social media. It's all about knowing when to be careful...