Leaders blogging

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 5, 2007
Filed in Leadership Posts, News

I’m starting to see more leaders blogging. While working for a construction company at the moment I discovered that one of their general managers is posting a video to the division’s blog every month. This is not a highly produced effort. More like a 6 minute talking head with a hand held handy cam. By all accounts people love it.

Rob Vertessy was, until recently, the Chief Scientist at CSIRO’s Land and Water Division and is now the Chief Scientist – Hydrology at the Bureau of Meteorology. While at CSIRO he published a blog which you can take a look at here until someone decides to take it down. Rob had a clear policy for how he used the blog. Anything that was blogged represented an informal view and he wouldn’t be held to account for anything that he wrote on the blog. Rob delivered official statements via email. The blog enabled Rob to talk about what he was doing and thinking. I hope he continues the practice at the Bureau of Met. As an aside, Rob was finishing his PhD when I was completing my honours. We both were working on geomorphological topics, Rob on tidal rivers in Northern Territory while I was working on the macro-tidal Ord River in Western Australia. Rob helped me make sense of all the mud I collected.

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Shawn, author of Putting Stories to Work, is one of the world's leading business storytelling consultants. He helps executive teams find and tell the story of their strategy. When he is not working on strategy communication, Shawn is helping leaders find and tell business stories to engage, to influence and to inspire. Shawn works with Global 1000 companies including Shell, IBM, SAP, Bayer, Microsoft & Danone. Connect with Shawn on:

2 Responses to “Leaders blogging”

  1. ken Says:

    A little off topic, but do you have any views on the Murray Darling basin – I’ve heard it mentioned twice this week on the BBC, along with the Perth rainfall. Could Australia pioneer sustainable methods while the rest of the world is still in denial (or blissful ignorance)?

  2. Shawn Says:

    My view is that we have tried to convert too much of the basin to arable farming land and now the change in climate is making many of these ventures in the Murray Darling Basin unsustainable. When I was a kid I remember going to Leeton to see the rice farming. Yes, rice farming in Australia. So I think we have hit the crunch and it will force Australia to innovate.

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