I believe the same can be said for a blog. Blogs without a centre quickly become the rants of a scattered brain and readers like focus. Although I admit there could be the odd rant that takes place here.
At first, I thought the centre of this blog might be the communications divide between senior managers and employees, but focusing on the airspace between thousands of managers and thousands of employees would only be deflecting the responsibility for changing our communications ways away from people and instead onto an inanimate, abstract concept. Why should anyone be responsible for change if there is no focus on people? It’s too easy to say it’s the system or the culture. That means you’re giving up and saying there’s nothing anyone can do. I believe there are things people can do.
I have decided to focus on the federal government. I spent six years in the Government of Canada (2000-2006) working mostly in internal communications and my experience inspired a search for knowledge, understanding and solutions. I admit that I felt overwhelmed by the obstacles I encountered at the time and needed a creative outlet to capture ideas that could inspire me and perhaps others. As a result, I drafted more than a hundred pages of material and let it sit for the last six years. It’s time to unearth it and perhaps discover if it is still relevant, if there are solutions, principles, ideas or concepts that can be shared and used today.
People play a more important role than the system, but only if they choose to.