How To Make a Mistake in Public and Come Out Smelling Like Roses

How To Make a Mistake in Public and Come Out Smelling Like Roses

Two days ago, Loïc LeMeur responded in much depth to the stinging criticism of him regarding the LeWeb3 and his surprise inclusion of French politicians.So if you're going to make a mistake in public and want everyone to know about it while you come out smelling like roses, this is the way to do it:

  1. Gather a group of outspoken colleagues who trust you
  2. Flatter them incessantly
  3. Slap them, hard, with many people watching
  4. Make a half-hearted apology
  5. While people react violently, say you have no regrets
  6. Watch from the sidelines while your friends come to the rescue
  7. Finally, own up to everything, even to mistakes that you didn't make

That's a very cynical view of the past week, and frankly it's what many people believed until Loïc followed Robert Scoble's good advice and explained his perspective in great detail. To his credit, it's a very complete post and it does clear out many if not all of the conspiratorial breadcrumbs about surprises and who got who fired. Actually, his response is so long, it's possible that he was spending all his time composing it while the storm worsened and people wondered when he would finally speak up. In fact, as Ewan McIntosh nicely points out, Loïc could have followed his own advice on avoiding just this kind of difficult situation.

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JobMob » Should Anyone Care About Bloggers for a Better World? says

[…] During the post-LeWeb3 blogstorm, it seemed as if this noble initiative would be lost in the hubbub, and there wasn’t much talk until Loïc LeMeur reminded us about the proposal. The fact that we needed reminding wasn’t a good sign. The fact that http://bloggersforbetterworld.com still points to a parked domain more than 2 weeks after the conference has ended is also not a good sign. Finally, the fact that basically no one outside the LeWeb3 attendees is aware of it is the worst sign of all. As some may point out, only a few weeks have gone by since the announcement at the conference, but that’s unimportant in this context. Bloggers are very reactive; during the 2-day conference itself, almost 500 articles were posted about it, as Technorati shows here. […]

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The Secrets of Successful Internet Conference Marketing - Part 3 » JobMob says

[…] Blog posts – Should I mention that people were somewhat driven to blog about the conference, before, during and especially after it had become a memory? Blogstorm aside, mentioning the conference and trackbacking to related blogs is a good way to solidify connections if you met the bloggers involved. Only do so if it’s meaningful – posting simply for the opportunity to link to a new contact is one step away from spamming and it’s also the reason that I didn’t do it here. […]

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Happy 4th Birthday to JobMob | JobMob says

[…] must be why one of the first posts was a craptacular piece about making mistakes in public and coming out smelling like roses. (It’s ok, you don’t need to read it. Seriously, resist the urge to […]

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Kate says

I think making mistakes is always a good learning experience if you don’t hurt anyone else.

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