, but since I was laid off from my dot-com job in January 2001 I have worked for a Large Global Corporation as a sort of internal e-business consultant. Well, not a sort of – that’s what I do.
Anyhow, having never worked for a Large Corporation, I never realized how secretive people – companies – think they can be, and worse, think they must try to be about things. Doc Searls looked into this today and did a pretty good job of it. I tell my boss all the time: if someone can duplicate what we intend to do after hearing just a bare-bones description, we have bigger problems than secrecy. Not exactly Doc’s point, but up the same alley.
Furthermore, if we think that our competition wouldn’t come up with the very same ideas we have if they were in our place, we’re almost certainly drastically underestimating them, which suggests that we’re probably already in big trouble. Secrecy has its moments – but these are limited and rare.