I was sharing a rant type of blog with one of my business partners. His reaction – unspoken at first – then:
“I don’t know – it’s good, but it seems a bit, umm…you know… umm…”
“Angry?” I suggested.
“Yeah,” he said. “Maybe there’s another way to frame it.”
“But you admit it’s true,” I said. “Right?”
“Yes, maybe just change the first paragraph – then you won’t alienate anyone.”
The next morning, our blog editor said, “I’m loading in your new blog.”
“Don’t!” I said. “I’m editing it a bit – I’ll let you know when it’s ready.”
So, I sat down to edit it. I read it again and noticed that it lost its edginess. It lost its zeal and, well, anger. Now I had mush. Who wants to read mush? Not me.
Therefore, I’ll make the point I was trying to make in the original writing. Here you go:
I love my staff. They put up with a lot – from each other, from suppliers, from clients. In this very difficult year, they have soldiered through and complained very little. Some have endured salary rollbacks, limited training and seminar opportunities, and new kinds of pressure to build the business back to the glory days of 2008 (yes, just last year).
Some of our clients are not exactly nice to them (to me, it verges on abusiveness, but that’s all I’ll say about that). Others are extremely grateful for the work we do and take the time to share that with us. Those are the types of clients you want to break your back for – it’s a mutual admiration society.
But it’s all the Kilgies who I’m most grateful for, and I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank them. They are the best, and I’m glad I’m going into 2010 with them.
Happy holidays, Kilgies!