The End of Privacy is The Beginning of Better Choices

It's time to stop worrying about how social media is eroding your privacy.  

Game over – social media won, or nearly so.  At the very least, social media is (with all due respect to Charlie Sheen) … duh, #winning!  

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Social Media is Not the Problem

Many blame what is revealed about their personal or business affairs on the social networks.  Is that fair? 

This is much like celebrities blaming the paparazzi for revealing their behaviors in compromising situations.  Yet, they bask in the glow of media publicity when they are winning awards.

You can't have it both ways.

Make Better Choices

The solution for both celebrities and ordinary people like you and me is simple – make better choices.  This is the challenge.

Everyone makes a poor choice once in a while.  However, if you have made a lot of good choices, you build up enough credits with your community to earn a break – a hall pass – a second (or third) chance.

Every Day and Everyone

Each and every day we all make choices.  If you are challenged with making better choices, you only have to ask yourself one simple question: Is this choice the right one for everyone concerned?

I know – everyone is a pretty big audience.  However, social media has the ability to reach everyone, so we all need to get better at making the choices that serve the highest need of everyone concerned.

What are Your Choices

For now, let's just look at this from a business perspective. What are the choices you make?  

You choose which customers, employees, and vendors to work with. You choose the products and services to offer to your community.  And you choose when and and where you will serve your communities.

That's right, you choose who, what, when, where, and how.

And Why?

The most powerful question anyone can ask is why?  Why is a focusing question that leads to clarity. If you are desperate for new business or to fill a key role on your team, you may make the wrong choice.

The only one that can answer why is you.  

Yesterday I was consulting with a green industry client who was looking for my guidance with respect to making some key choices with about new and current employees, as well as the direction of his company. 

My response was to simply be open and honest and trust his gut.  

The best choices are made when we are honest with ourselves and everyone concerned. 

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Enjoy your weekend,  Jeff  

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  1. Hillary says:

    Thanks Jeff great post.

  2. Thanks Hillary – The inspiration was from a business deal that went bad and was aired out on the social networks. The mistake was the firm never should have taken the client in the first place – which happened to be Facebook.

    Have a great weekend.


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  4. This is a great post Jeff! I agree that there isn’t a whole lot we can do to keep everything private thanks to social media. I agree to that desparation is a breeding ground for bad choices.

    I also wonder about those times when you make what you think is a good choice and then things go sour. I think your last bit of advice regarding openness and honesty is key and a good gut check is powerful!

  5. Jennifer – Yep, that’s all you can do is trust your gut and do your best – and ignore the social media trolls. 🙂