(March 27, 2009) Early this week, Jason unveiled the new face of RBC. Driven by growth in the community and pending changes at Ning HQ, the design was a clear path through some opposing forces. We're ending the week revitalized and refocused.
Communities evolve through seasons of change. Because this is a work related experience, our relationship evolve in ways that are work like. People come and people go. One of the really cool things about the online environment is that there is an infinite supply of real estate. All you need to start something new is enough desire to leave and start something new.
Most great companies are started by people who are certain that they can do it better than the idiots they are currently doing it with. That's the very essence of how companies form in Silicon Valley. A couple of key professionals determine that they can do it faster, smarter or better than the current gig. They quit their jobs, move into a garage and start to create enormous value.
In other words, dissatisfaction is often the source of great creative energy.
Did you notice the article by Lance Haun this week, Building a Community of Competitors. Jason is inviting the founding members of related (I'll say competitive but not everyone agrees with me) communities. Lance runs HRMToday, a community more clearly focused on general HR. He said "What you get out of your time with recruiting all-stars is up to you. I am looking forward to continuing to grow and develop my knowledge of recruiting while I share how I think HR and recruiting can work together to create stronger organizations."
In other words, working with your competition makes you a stronger player.
From where I sit, it looks like Jason is working an interesting problem. The signs of health in our community are two surprising things