I’ve been writing about change a lot lately – and while at CIL this year I was informed of an article by Stephen Abram titled “Change – Arrghhhhh!.” I shared the article on my Facebook page and was promptly pointed to that links to all of the people who weren’t happy with Stephen’s article.
Sometimes people just see the worst in things – I recently read Out Front with Stephen Abram (a collection of articles and presentations by Stephen). After that I can’t see this article as a company ploy as some think – it’s just Stephen (he has many similar articles out there – and he has always been up front – and sometimes blunt – which I love)!! I was happy to find that Helene Blowers (another person I respect) was also impressed with what Stephen had written.
I’m even more impressed with Stephen’s response to the negative people out there:
We all have our personal definition of what comprises professionalism. I sometimes fail. I’m not perfect – far from it. If I have offended anyone with this article, then I apologize. My intent was to share a personal experience in a difficult time. But then, that’s just me.
Either way, I will continue to carry myself the same way in all my roles.
I’m not in a library that uses Sirsi – but I’m all for a company that will let its employees express themselves on the front page of the company newsletter. I’m used to being in a library with an ILS vendor who does everything to prevent putting on a human face – or allowing human interaction! And as someone who respects Stephen, I don’t think this was any more than he said it was – an intent to share his feelings.