Years back a good friend of mine made a comment. He said that business management theory and training had surpassed religion in its ability to help man. It was an interesting comment and I’ve thought about it since then. I was reminded of my friends comment over the last few business conferences I’ve attended. At one conference they went around the room as each business owner shared what he was doing as a human being to help his family and his community.
Intech we trust. One of the lessons I was taught when I was a young tech guy making my way up the corporate ladder was a tech code of ethics. The rules were basic back then. They boiled down to this. As a person working in the tech field, we are responsible for people’s information and technology. People trust us with their business information and technology. We are the guardians.
Every day I’m being hit with more and more articles about unplugging. About quitting social. All for valid reasons. Concerns about data privacy. Concerns about being psychologically manipulated. Concerns about health. But here’s the thing. Social media is here to stay. It’ll be rebranded at some point.
Years ago I worked for Motorola. It was my first big Enterprise job. Our location had over 500 employees. As typical the offices were laid out in big company form. Around the perimeter were the director offices, executive offices and the conference rooms. In the middle of the office was the ever common seal of cubicles.
There’s a famous phrase Ronald Reagan used. Trust but verify. I believe it changed America. Now it didn’t change America all at once. Still - slowly but surely it’s brought us to where we are today. A nation with no trust. The issue with the practice of trust but verify is that most people don’t trust. They only verify.