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(May 15, 2007) The three most powerful words anyone can use are "I don't know." In an instant, the playing field gets leveled and the problem can be addressed without agenda. Center stage attention shifts and leaves an opening for the best local expertise to emerge. The very essence of leadership is knowing what to do when you don't know.
Anyone who has experienced a modicum of success knows that the next promotion often feels like punishment. What looks like success on the outside is often a sea of churning anxiety on the inside. Recruiters, more than anyone else, understand the rugged consequences of advancement. They live with it intimately every day.
The role of leaders is to bravely navigate an impenetrable fog. Whining and griping about uncertainty is not the same as saying, "I don't know." Leaders are the ones with higher tolerances for ambiguity. The great one acknowledge doubt where they find it. Their job is not to be the source of the answer. Their credibility is not built on expertise.
Blogging has a funny side effect.
As Recruiting blogs get more notice and attention flows to their authors, something pretty predictable happens. Perfectly reasonable people begin to take on an air of infallibility. The spotlight and a small taste of celebrity produce bad judgment.
In most cases, it's temporary. Like a night of overindulgence, it passes leaving an embarrassed partier. Some mumbled apologies and a vow to imbibe more carefully are just a part of the rites of passage.
Internally, it feels like you should know things that you don't. You grasp for an answer anxiously. If you weren't so overwhelmed by the spotlight, you'd notice everyone trying not to stare.
Blogging has an interesting effect on Recruiters in particular. These specialists in BS detection seem to have a hard time spotting it in themselves. So, the consequence of fifteen minutes of fame is more severe than it is in other blogging specialties.
Any good program for using blogs as recruiting tools will have a policy for the rehabilitation of bloggers who succumb to this side effect of success.Send To a Friend
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