Are we lazy?

While reading through some of the comments posted on “Obama’s Blackberry“, I found an interesting question posted by my friend Amy.

The question, “Curious about something though… WHO actually decided whether or not the President of the United States could keep his blackberry?”

It is a good question. It set me to thinking. Not about what sort of conversations ensued (No he can’t, Yes he can), but how this whole situation played out.

Think about it. He’s originally told he can’t keep his Blackberry. After all, previous presidents had to give up their personal e-mail accounts. Why? Security.

Obama came in and said he wanted to keep it.

Here is my pretend conversation between security, IT and Obama.

Obama: I want to keep my Blackberry.

Everyone else: Sir, you cannot because of security issues.

Obama: Pshaw. You handle IT and security for the White House, etc.

Everyone else: Sir, there is really no way.

Obama: Um, no, I’m keeping a Blackberry and you can find a way to help me.

Guess what? They found a way.

This begs the question – are we lazy? Seriously. We are very smart and creative people. Does it seem like we just don’t try hard enough sometimes? What are your thoughts?

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Susan Cellura is a marketing communications professional with over 20 years of experience. She is a dynamic communications professional and enthusiastic team-builder, with a progressive history of success in designing and implementing communications programs for global organizations. A strategic thinker with the ability to understand the needs of multiple audiences and deliver solutions, Susan is a results-oriented problem-solver with exceptional interpersonal and negotiation abilities. Having worked in a variety of global industries, she has grown business communications in her current position via a strong mixture of strategic resources, including social media.

4 thoughts on “Are we lazy?”

  1. I assume your question relates to communicators trying to get creative solutions approved, implemented and managed with other colleagues who’s expertise we often need.

    Let’s be honest here – When the President of the United States says: “I’m doing this – figure it out!” it, whatever “it” is is gonna get “figured out”.

    Those of us in the real world without that kind of power and authority usually have a bit more difficult getting people to “figure it out” so no, I don’t think we’re lazy – not all of us anyway.

    I do agree though that we sometimes give up at the first “No” response to our attempts to do things differently. I also think that having taken the time and effort to build strong and consistent relationships with our colleagues in IT and other departments will go a long way toward gaining their cooperation and assistance when we want to try something unique, rather than showing up with a wild new idea when they have not seen or heard from us in months previously.

  2. K – Agreed on the communications front. It takes the rest of us putting in daily heavy lifting, along with much tearing out of hair and banging of heads against walls.

    I want to take this a step further as well. In any situation, industry, etc., what has happened to so much of the creativity, imagination, and will/drive to find solutions and innovate? I mean, how many times do people just give up on a problem instead of tackling it? There are so many people out there coming up with ideas and solutions, yet somewhere along the way, these get squished.

    You are right. We don’t have the power the president does. But it sounds like even he had to force the issue. It sounds like Even he received initial responses of “can’t be done”. I just think that it is an example of what he is asking us to do. Get off our duffs.

  3. Well, goodness knows I have a great solid “duff” to get up off of! I am more than willing to do that…just so long as I don’t have to GET a crackberry!

    😉 Tee hee!

  4. Lazy ????
    How about sitting down at his desk to do the job he beeeeeegggeeeedddddd people to give him…….
    With all the problems the country is facing, this man chooses to leave Washington, drop his responsibilities and attend an entertainment show, when he owes duties to the people of the U.S. …….SHAMEFUL !!!!!!
    He still has the nerve to whine about keeping his blackberry, who does he have to contact, chat with, or whatever??….. GO DO YOUR WORK, SIR!

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