Friday, September 23, 2011

Speaking (and owning) your mind

Have you ever noticed how often people feel the need to explain that the views they express are their own and not necessarily a reflection of their employer?

I've seen some people change jobs and then announce to the world that they can now speak their mind. Have you noticed that it's at this point that the things they say are sometimes for the first time worth listening to?

If you can't speak your mind because of your employer, are you sure your mind is still yours?


  1. While I tend to agree with you principle I think there is a limit. I do agree that people should be able to "speak their minds" with or to their employer, however, I think it crosses a line when it becomes public criticism or negativity. If I were employed by Nike and I was publicly "speaking my mind" about how awful their products or business practices are I shouldn't be surprised if/when I am dismissed. I also think it naive to think that an employer - especially (but not limited to) one paying a very good salary - should just continue to take it on the chin because of my desire to say whatever I want. I think there is some expected loyalty from employees but if the employee has something to say they should absolutely be able to say it, but it should be done in a tasteful and respectful manner. Leaders have to ensure there is a process by which employees can speak there minds and provide input in a way that satisfies both parties involved.

  2. Sadly, I have just recently discovered that speaking your mind online can be cause for dismissal. This is why many have the disclaimer that their views are their own and nit of their employer.


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