December 31, 2009

Office Gossip: "Did You Hear . . . ?"

"One who is too wise an observer of the business of others, like one who is too curious observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity."

Alexander Pope
18th century English poet

What is the ratio of time you spend thinking/talking about your customers, competition, co-workers?

What do you think is the value of doing the first two versus the last?


  1. Value or fun? Big difference, no?

  2. There is a great Chinese proverb addressing gossip.

    "What is told in the ear of a man is often heard 100 miles away."

  3. 100 miles?

    No doubt true when first said but now heard all across the globe Lee, instantly, the result of internet technology.

    Be careful what you type.

  4. I just commented on the post that comes after this and just had to add my two cents to this one as well.

    One good thing about technical people is they tend to gossip much less than other workers. The worst of all are marketing people. What a bunch of old ladies.