The eternal question: Should CEOs blog? I thought I’d already covered this in earlier posts of mine (see lists below) when I concluded that it may be a great way to humanize a company esp. in moments of crisis when communication ought to be timely but wondered if it was worth a CEOs time.
Debbie Weil and Rohit Bhargava recently blogged about examples of two more CEOs, their blogging styles and their rationale for doing so:
1.Ted Leonis, Vice Chairman Emeritus – AOL (his blog):
Rohit shares Ted’s motivation to start his blog:
He was already successful, yet when he Googled his name, the first thing that came up was a relatively negative story from the Washington Post. His main first motivation to start his blog was to push that negative result down off the top ten results pages.
2. George Colony, Forrester CEO (his blog)
Debbie shares George’s take on the amount of time spent blogging. This is one of the main reasons I don’t advocate CEOs to not jump into full-time blogging.
“It only takes an hour a week,” he said but he finds himself thinking about writing the blog all week. “So it’s taking some of my mindshare.” So true. It’s one of the upsides as well as the downsides of maintaining a blog. You have to think. That’s hard.
My other posts on CEO blogging: