Euan Semple – Shrug off that victim mentality

I’ve spent about 20 years in a big organization, in a big corporation, and I’m very aware of how challenging that is, and how dysfunctional they can be and how non-trivial it is to assert a way of looking at the world within that context, and… but it is possible and I stopped going to meetings I thought were pointless and said so. I made sure that most of my meetings were with the energetic interesting people who were helping me to get things done rather than just because they had a job title or whatever that I was… so I think even in very, very small modest ways, I think it’s possible.

I’m not fond of the whole thing about networking and automated ways of doing… you know I’m very… I deleted my Klout account. I have not got involved in any of the other Peerindex or Kred or anything like that, because I don’t want to have relationships managed by algorithms and I still value the kind of networks, the fact that we know each other, and the fact that we know lots of people in common through our blogging networks, and you know blogging still is seen as old school, but I think there is something about the type of ideas that we share, and the way we learn about each other is very powerful, very profound, and I’m happier handcrafting in a network of smart people who I trust, to filter the signal from the noise on the web, but that takes effort.

You know that takes an appreciation of the problem of willingness to solve the problem, and on an ongoing degree of effort to do that. And actually, going back to your question about skills, those are the sort of skills… the willingness to take responsibility to realize nobody is going to sort it for you that if we all collectively get good at this, then as a society the amount of quality information will… as there is so much potential to just… it’s evolution and learning on steroids, isn’t it?

I think it’s necessary to stop carving out the space for yourself in a corporation, you know. Look the middle ones described me as an intrapreneur, which I thought was a nice way of looking at it. The entrepreneurial instincts and attitudes, but you’re existing within a large corporate setting. I didn’t actually (…) could everybody operate like that in a big corporation? Yes! I could say why not actually, as long as they did so… I mean this is for such a big change. They would have to shrug off that victim mentality. You know, this is why again the first chapter of the book is called ‘We All Have To Grow Up”.

If we grow up and take responsibility… and in corporate life there’s a duplicity, you know, it suits people to let the grown-ups be in charge, because then you can blame them when things go wrong, or you can bunk off school and not… But I think with the right inclinations and the right state of mind then a management culture could begin to encourage that behavior, could begin to weed out those who are not are not prepared to accept those changed expectations of them. I don’t think it is inevitable that we end up as broken as we are in big organizations.

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