Thursday, March 22, 2007

From "Sacred Facts"

I keep finding inspiration, or maybe it is even consolation, in reading BBC-head Richard Sambrook's blog, title in quotes above. In general, I'm against whining about these uncertain times. Hold on tight while the spasm of a revolution passes through your work world. Frankly, all you can do, and MUST do, is the very best you can. But I refer you to this comment, called "Modern Work," from a recent Sambrook post:

In a discussion about managing constant change two interesting observations were made.

1: "Most jobs are increasingly a series of projects". This is certainly true of mine and seemed to ring a bell with all the other senior managers gathered. So when did that happen and why? And while we're all diverted on projects, who's running things?

2: When discussing "change" with teams, it sounds like an admonition (as in "Changor Die!"). Is there a less pejorative word? Progress? Improvement? Future? Forward? They all sound like doublespeak.

A word on his blog title, this from his blog's "About" section. My guess is you will find it as inspiring as I do. He quotes from C.P. Scott:

Comment is free, but facts are sacred. "Propaganda", so called, by this means is hateful. The voice of opponents no less than that of friends has a right to be heard. Comment also is justly subject to a self-imposed restraint. It is well to be frank; it is even better to be fair. This is an ideal. Achievement in such matters is hardly given to man. We can but try, ask pardon for shortcomings, and there leave the matter.