One of my favorite quotes is from writer Anne Lamott: “You don’t always have to chop with the sword of truth, you can point with it too.” In the age of the internet, most of us do a lot of chopping and not enough pointing. In the best instances, we’re upset and trying to right a wrong, and in the worst instances, Internet anonymity has created vicious critics and quite a few crazy loons. Either way, I think Anne is right. As a result, I’m changing the tone of this blog. Whether I’ve been right or wrong, I’ve sometimes been too critical in the past, and honestly, there’s no point to criticism if it can’t be delivered in a way that makes people want to change.
That’s why from this point on, I’m going to try to bring up media and leadership issues in a more positive way. Will it work? I don’t know so I’ll need your help. Stick with me, and let’s see if we can’t help change the culture in a way that actually makes them want to do it.
I had a high school football coach who put a quote on the wall of our locker room: “Tact is the ability to tell a man to go to hell and make him happy he’s on his way.” Two thoughts come to mind:
First – of all the quotes for football players, why did he pick that one? And second, it makes a lot of sense (after all, I’ve never forgotten it.)
Let’s take a shot at being more civil, respectful, and still being witty enough to drive the point home.
Please let me know when I’ve failed.