When I first started getting involved in social media, I was scared. Yes, scared. As a practitioner working for a major retailer I had concerns regarding how my then employer would perceive my tweets, blog posts, and other online activities. If they put the pieces (of my social life) together what type of image would they see? As the person who was directly responsible for crafting, in addition to guiding employees in adhering to, the organization’s policy and procedures, would they see my efforts as contradictory to that role?
I let it go. I put the fear aside, not because I was scared, but because I’m a professional. I refused to allow fear or anger guide my decisions. If there’s something to be learned from my experience, it’s that poor decisions by others helped to reinforce mine–to be better, to be a person and a professional that people respect, not just for the position they occupy, but because they lead with integrity and honesty. That is who I am as a person, and that is the type of person I want to work with.