I suppose given that my new job will bring me into much more frequent contact with people in the group that there’s bound to be more occasions where conflict comes up. And it did today, there were at least 3 people who left the group today shaking their heads and telling themselves what an asshole that Blair Robinson guy is.
I know, I know, it’s just their perception. But it affects me too. I really, really dislike seeing people walk away dissatisfied. But I can only go so far to indulge people before I must draw a boundary.
Those of you who know me will know that I’m not the dictatorial kind of person who demands people align with my thinking or who places unreasonable restrictions about what people can and can’t discuss in the Facebook group. But there does need to be some focus if the group is going to establish its identity, culture and vision. Of course I’m up for discussions about anything – but there are almost 20,000 people now and if I open the group up to any kind of post then the same thing will happen that happened early on – the voice of our vision will get lost amongst the mayhem of mainstream social media madness.
I want to keep our group’s collective head about water, I want us to stand out from the crowd by hitting the perfect balance between tolerance and focus. But more than that I want this group to serve everyone in a positive way, and that might involve some re-alignment from time to time.
I’m glad what happened today had the effect of clarifying that focus. I feel bad about the folks who left. But at the end of the day, it was just another day at the office.