Monday, May 3, 2010
Manage your email.
Poor “Fab”. You ask me, "Who is or what is Fab?" He is Fabrice Tourre, a highly compensated French speaking financial guru at the epicenter of the Goldman debacle clouding Wall Street and Washington these days. He is the guy who wrote the email “suggesting” that the investments Goldman was involved with were not nearly as attractive as they wanted others to believe. I don’t really want to get into the Goldman case or what Fab knew or didn’t know. Rather, I wanted to go back to the 50,000 pound gorilla in the room. The point is best stated by the April 29, 2010 Wall Street Journal Article entitled, “Backlash Against Email Builds”. Don’t blame the messenger for the idiotic actions of your colleagues. As far back as “Email Rules” I was telling you to manage the medium. If done right it is your organization’s best productivity tool. When mismanaged it is a major source of headache. Duh. Fab was doing his job. Maybe he was saying stuff he shouldn’t have. Maybe he was being flip. Whatever. Get over it and manage it. And perhaps you need more training. Have I got a training session for you :)