Are You Working In An Echo Chamber ?

Posted on December 12, 2010 by Tony Uphoff

Seth Godin's recent post "Everyone and No One" captures the often times confusing reaction to new ideas. Innovation can create an odd polarization. Either Everyone Likes "it" or No One Does . It's rare that you have a middle ground. Seth's post made me wonder if this love it or hate it syndrome is most acute in those of us who work in areas of extraordinary creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, like The Silicon Valley, The Thirty Mile-Zone of Hollywood, Madison Avenue and Wall Street. It's easy to get caught up in the passion, intensity and sheer optimism that typify these environments and the industries they represent. It's also possible to develop myopia however and assume that everyone or perhaps no one "gets it".

It can be difficult to retain a sense of perspective when you spend the majority of your time in areas where discussions tend to reverberate around a small echo chamber of like minded people. This echo chamber mentality can also develop in people and organizations regardless of where they are based. The belief that "Everyone" or "No One" likes a new idea, be it yours or a competitors, can be an easy but dangerous trap to fall into. As an old boss of mine used to say...Righteous is probably somewhere in the middle.,

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