As one who receives criticism quite frequently, both in person and in a virtual forum such as on this blog, it might be helpful to talk briefly about the difference between online and offline critcisms.
As an indvidual, a friend, and a leader, I strive very hard to never blog or write anything that I wouldn’t say to the person sitting next to me. Granted, I’m an incredibly blunt individual and don’t leave much on the table. But I try to speak my mind appropriately.
Blogging seems to have raised the criticisms and bluntness of things to an entirely new level.
Want to slam someone? Write it on your blog.
Want to attack someone’s idea? Write it on your blog.
Want to make baseless accusations against someone? Write it on your blog.
Sometimes, I think we all forget that this is a business – and it’s not about emotion or personal feelings, but about what makes money.. and those attacks and baseless accusations – instead of upfront, honest dealing with each other, will eventually catch up with you.