You see a rainbow, I see a dark cloud
Guess what fuckers? I’m back.
I’m truly back. I was suffering a little bit of a wobble there, things were all getting a little bit weird and Kafkaesque. But then I had a moment, an epiphany. And for this I give thanks to a wonderful twitter friend.
Following my post the other day, they sent me a tweet that started me thinking, but I wasn’t sure I totally understood and so I asked them to email me their thoughts in a little more detail,
………I (and presumably others) arrived at your blog and kept reading because it often strikes a chord with lots of corporate nonsense, such as unthinking acceptance of Ulrich etc. Posts like “Coachy-coachy-coo-coo” contain the kinds of conversations that I have. And all the CEO stuff…. absolutely – they are all mad.
It is hard to blog in public about some aspects of working life, as to be really interesting (and not watered down) requires truth and integrity – and that’s just not possible if using one’s own ID. Well, it is possible if future employment isn’t a worry, and it is possible for consultants, journalists and academics. So to be real as a blogger, you have to be unreal.
And all of a sudden I started thinking again. The reason that I started to blog was that I was tired with the absolute crap that I heard in the corporate world. I found the content of the HR press and journals nauseating in the extreme with their sycophantic following of the “in” organisations like RBS (until they went tits up) and flirtation with the latest fads and fashions. And most of all I was amazed at the way that HR blogs were predominantly used as a way of people promoting their individual careers. Either because they were consultants or because they had one eye on moving into consultancy or…..heaven forbid….key note speaking.
I don’t want to achieve any of that from this blog. The reason I started was a reaction to all of the above and the desire to reach out and say, “we don’t have to take all of this so damned seriously you know?” Someone needs to stand up and tell it as it is, someone needs to break through the bullshit, someone needs to hold others to account. If bloggers can’t do this then who the hell can?
I’m not going to change the world, I said that from the start. But if I can make you laugh, If I can make one young HR pro or student look and think about things differently, if I can make you fill your lungs up, lift your head and get back on with your work knowing that it isn’t just you. If I can do that, then everything else that goes with it is worthwhile.
Even if it means going back into the shadows.