[tweetmeme source=”lovestats” only_single=false]Do you ever wonder if this is all in vain?
We blog, we tweet, we comment on linked in. We reach out to other professionals in professional places and argue our points to death with people who care deeply about the same things we care about. We might disagree with each other, but boy do we love a good debate. Our online professional space is chock full of passionate, caring minds.
Now take a step back. Who are your coworkers? Do they tweet every day? Blog every day? Write long winded comments about the theoretical aspects of qualitative vs quantitative research? I’m going to bet not. You might find a few of them, but most of your co-workers, the research managers, the project managers, the survey programmers, the client service team, probably aren’t in the professional online space that you are and probably aren’t as passionate as you are. Of course, there are exceptions but I’m not talking to you.
I’m not saying that your colleagues don’t want to do a good job or that they don’t like their job. I’m saying that they aren’t involved in all of these debates to the same extent that you are. They aren’t hearing the opinions of people, from around the world, who have completely different life experiences.
I wonder if all the debates we have filter across to our less involved peers or if the debates are just in vain. How do we bring our conversations into the confines of the office without overwhelming people with our annoying and excessive passion. And yes, there is such a thing as excessive passion and I know how it can make me want to puke.
I don’t have the solution but maybe you do. I’d like to hear it.
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