Reading all the posts about Blake Barbara's career plans (and the fate of the WetFeetPR blog) has given me lots of warm-and-fuzzies. Seeing that much support for any one person just makes you feel good. As an employer you never like to see one of the good ones go, but you've got to admire someone for pursuing a calling.
Blake's eagerness to explore helped move our business and culture along. Tom Foremski's comments today made me think about the impact of young staffers on company and culture. "The future of PR is in the hands of Blake's generation and often it is these younger people...that know more about this emerging world... They haven't yet been taught what can and cannot be done..."
We've always said that our culture starts at the top, and while that's partly true culture is never entirely top down, it's all around. NY blogger Tara Settembre (TaraMetBlog) is an AE here who rallied our whole office this month to raise money and do the Revlon Run/Walk for cancer. She mobilized the team and got us out of the daily grind for a while. This was better for our culture than any controlled team building exercise.
Calling all wet feet, you have the power to impact and influence!