Hard men are wankers

Forgive the forthrightness of this post’s title but I was nudged into writing it by the coming together of a number of things:

A Skype IM chat about antler-clashing amongst social media mavens and how much “blokishness” there is.

A recollection of just how intimidated I used to get being around BBC executives and how deliberate this was on their part.

Reading the following in the wonderful If You Want To Write, by Brenda Ueland:

I hate [criticism] because of the potentially shining, gentle, gifted people of all ages,that it snuffs out every year. It is a murderer of talent. And because the most modest and sensitive people are the most talented, having the most imagination and sympathy, these are the very first ones to get killed off. It is the brutal egotists that survive.

Social media relies on people having the temerity to say what they think and others having the decency to listen.

Forget Enterprise 2.0. The promise of social media will not become reality until you do something to reduce the power of the bullies.