Commitment phobia – happens too often

A casual glance over reveals that commitment phobia is endemic in modern lives. It is related not only to relationships. We all practice it in various ways.
Most of the time, it is spoken in context of relationship. But that is just one aspect. As I looked deeper, I realized that its practice is deeply entrenched in my life. Before I became aware of this, I didn’t own anything – not even my mobile connection. Nor did I choose to put my name onto any venture. I called it ‘being a freebird’.
Offshoot of this fact was that I didn’t develop any leadership. What really bothered me was lack of achievements in my life. I thought this lack of achievement was because I was not accomplished enough. I was just a graduate with major health issues dogging me. These were just excuses, as I learnt. I started wondering if I was afraid to commit to achieving good health as it will knock this big excuse from my life. Without this excuse, I had no place to hide from lack of goals and achievements.
The day I realized this, it was like bottom dropped from my world. I felt so exposed. I didn’t have any further excuses unless I chose not to face the truth. Since then it has been an interesting journey. I am noticing that all of a sudden I am in situations where I am taking leadership role. All this while I thought I was not equipped for it but the reality was different. When the situations came up, I was doing pretty well. Large amounts of learning coupled with immense sense of achievement became the norm. Committing meaning putting oneself onto line to ensure that it became successful so not committing was easier but when committing, life was filled with zing.
And the best realization was that when I started committing, space for complaints reduced drastically. I was too busy trying to make things work to look and crib about non-working aspects. Everything became a game – to see how I could go past roadblocks. And once I was past them, it was celebration time.

Stale news – relevant or irrelevant?

Is the news only relevant if it is breaking news or at least posted on the day it happens?
The question floated in my head as I read about a Company announcement on Thursday on a website covering happenings in digital. This announcement had been made on Monday. If we went by the hypothesis that only current news items should be posted, then it should not have been posted on the website in question.
Personally it made sense to post a short article on the announcement, even though it was very delayed, on several counts:

  1. If ever I am looking up information about the Company on this website, I will also get to know about this announcement. My research will be complete which means that I will continue to use this website while researching company announcements and information.
  2. Any subsequent news related to this announcement will be posted (hopefully in time) and background explained by giving link to this article.
  3. This news can easily be part of a summation/collation of similar news items especially at time of year end news round ups.
  4. Even though delayed, it still gives a chance to readers to post their POV about the news. In many cases delayed POVs gives a much better analysis of how the event may affect the company/industry.
  5. The website continues to maintain goodwill with the Company.

If you were covering industry news as a business, would you post news on your website even though it was a bit stale? Are there any other benefits or drawbacks to posting stale news?

Social Network Sites – bane or boon?

I have been questioning a lot about my participation in online social network sites (SNS). Many a times it appears like time wasting exercise especially since I am yet to monetize it in any way. Then I console myself that, since these sites are rapidly becoming an integral part of marketing and communication plans, I need to be aware of user behaviour especially as I continue my journey as communication consultant.
One of the things that power users of twitter will tell you is that more often than not the platform is used to crib and rant. A new rant for each day has become an ongoing joke on twitter. It’s not really an erroneous opinion. Easy usability does lend itself to voicing anger, irritation or dislike. But the medium has also provided a beautiful method to support people in their happiness and tough times.
As quick are twitteratis to voice their discontent, they don’t hesitate to delight in happiness of their twitter friends. The support extended during crisis or tough times is equally heartwarming. If efforts have been made to share, help and participate in conversations, equal love flows when help is sought. And this is not restricted to online. People form connections on these social networks and honour it in offline life too.
When I pause and look at the positives, I am enchanted by these new medium of connecting that this generation has evolved. Does it have downside? Of course it does, like any other thing which is abused by overuse or otherwise. So, like always, it is up to me!