Control Freak Enthusiast

Posted on 25 October 2010

We’re in the middle of moving our group from one facility to another and it’s quite the process. About 2 weeks ago we noticed large stacks of neon orange moving crates distributed throughout the office building. These, of course, were for the big move…and apparently we aren’t expected to move anything ourselves.

If you know me, you know that’s simply not going to work!

I have to move all this stuff myself because I can’t bear the thought of not being responsible for my own stuff. I could spend all sorts of time packing things into these crates…and have the movers mess up the transport. Then were would I be? Down the creek without a paddle!

Ok…so perhaps this is a testament to my overbearing personality, I get that.

One might say that it’s about controlling things, and that may be the case…but I would rather control all things that pertain to me than to NOT control them. Wouldn’t everyone?

I guess that’s what also drives me as a community manager. I don’t like NOT having control over the user experience…because ultimately I’m accountable to the end users. I’m confident that I’m the best person to dictate to my employer the steps that need to be taken to nurture our little, not quite yet, community.

When it comes to your community do you control the user experience?  Do you participate in usability studies?  Do you contribute to the design of your community?  How deeply are you involved in operation of your community?

-Eric


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