It Is Just Mobile To You, But Investments And Jobs To Others

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News that RIM’s co-CEOS Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis have stepped down is all over the place. News also has it that Thorsten Heins, one of RIM’s co-COOs, is now CEO.

I first got wind of the news on Twitter this morning, and I was shocked to find that some people were already rallying with statements like, “RIM Co-CEOs step down, RIM is burning”.

In response to that, I tweeted this:

Does a CEO quitting mean that a company is burning? Not necesarilly. We just throw words around carelessly these days. Come on guys!

Freedom of speech is a lovely thing, but that freedom comes responsibility. To think. To understand. To weigh our words before speaking.

I think that it is irresponsible and non-constructive for us to make alarming statements. They do more damage than good.

If you see specific problems with a product or company, spell them out and spell out possible ways out. That’s constructive engagement.

Just saying that something “sucks” or is “burning” is childish, insipid, and many times irresponsible.

How do you even define “burn” in this scenario? it just paints an inflammatory picture. No pun intended.

Just after I began writing this article, I ran into a tweet from @amasonic that touched on another aspect of this subject:

One of the perils of our modern world today is that ppl don’t take time to understand contemporary issues in-depth b4 forming opinions

I see a lot of that on Facebook, Twitter and even here on Mobility blog. But its worse than that. If it is just a matter of forming opinions, it might not be so bad. But people form opinions without understanding issues in detail and then recklessly broadcast those opinions.

I will always stand for responsible use of freedom of speech, and I do not suffer fools gladly. Regulars on this blog know how strong my stand is when it comes to people being irresponsible with their comments.

Inflammatory statements cause more damage than we can ever tell. RIM may be in trouble, I agree – and trust me, everyone has troubles; just of different sorts and magnitudes.

I have had trouble more than many of you will ever know, and there were times it looked hopeless. Thankfully, I deal with them. I am just glad that there were no idiots around to get on Twitter screaming, “The end has come for Mister Mobility!”

When people start saying that RIM is burning, I really do not know.

I have observed that often the more knowledgeable people are more guarded in their statements. I respect people like that. They know the implications of their words.

To you, dear friend, a BlackBerry (or any other) device may just be a mobile. But to others – many others – it is years of investments, and to even many more, its jobs and livelihood.

Think about that.

11 comments

  1. Very well said. Organizational restructures do take place from time to time and doesn’t necessarily spell doom.

    Even as individuals,we experience challenges and invoke same restructure where need be and we pull through.

  2. Anyone who assumes that a simple CEO swap is the answer to all of RIM’s issues is woefully misinformed, or worse, just blinded by false hope. Engadget.

    The next couple of months will determine if RIM has truly changed.

    I personally believe RIM has prospects and an Edge, they just need to work on what they know how to do best.

  3. Does a CEO quitting mean that a company is burning? Not necesarilly. We just throw words around carelessly these days.

    It could also mean the company IS burning. Matter of opinion (wrong/right), who said it, and the information available to the one who asserted it, and the motive!

    Freedom of speech is a lovely thing, but that freedom comes responsibility. To think. To understand. To weigh our words before speaking.

    I think that it is irresponsible and non-constructive for us to make alarming statements.

    Saying an opinion / statement is alarming is .expressing yet another opinion on an opinion’!. An interesting connundrum!

    Same as the following…

    But people form opinions without understanding issues in detail and then recklessly broadcast those opinions

    Determining who (mis)understands what depends on who is analyzing what. AND the subject matter. All a matter of opinion!

    Unfortunately, everybodi has an opinion (wrong or right) on almost anything. We owe it to ourselves to jealously watch over what opinions influence him.

  4. What was happening at RIM isn’t new, so it didn’t surprise me that they stepped down. People often mouth off because they can, not because they know or understand the issues. Much easier to do on social networks because no one calls you to account.

  5. Its sad how irresponsible some people can be in their comments on Tech issues.

    What follows may perhaps be a turn around in the ailing giants swift rise again.

    To me, RIM has got a stronghold on the mobile market, as addictive and exceptional as BlackBerry feels, as any user including myself, I don’t see the company going down. Rather, we awaits the Killer-Berry that will take the mantle away from Apple iPhone in the U.S market.

  6. Having stirred the ‘hornet’s net’ (playing with gunpowder has become my pastime, since there are explosions all around us now), I need to say that I think the greatest strength of the (mis?)information superhighway is also its greatest weakness.

    Any powerful tool can be used, misused or abused. Like Mr. Mobility said, I agree entirely that we need to be responsible in using the tools we have. Our tongue, position, whatever.

    There is not much legislation/ policing on the net. About anybody can start a fire (rumour) and propagate it faster than a Fujishima Nuclear Reactor. A lie repeated often and fast enough metamorphoses into ‘Truth’! Unfortunately, we tend to believe whatever we read. Be it on the ‘net’ or in the newspapers. Even, if subliminally.vBasic human nature. This is something we all have to guard against.

  7. Well said. People do need to have freedom of speech. However, people still need to be responsible in the way they express this said freedom of speech!

  8. its only about being responsible with your opinion but also being intelligent in your analysis of the situation. The actions taken by RIM is to make things better for the company. A company that has lost 75% of its market share in the last one sure do need some shake up. And its all for the better. RIM has created jobs for a lot of Nigerians, its my prayer that things turn out positive for them with this new changes in their management.

  9. The weird thing about all of this blackberry doom report is that they base most of their analysis based on North America which should not be a criteria to judge the overall performance. Blackberry is waxing strong in Africa, Latin America, India, Philippines and a lot more of the emerging markets.

    Blackberry is not dying anytime soon.

  10. @quam, you took the words out of my mouth. I’ve been saying the same to others about Nokia as well-they may not be doing well in North America, but in other regions the demand is still high.

  11. @quam

    The weird thing about all of this blackberry doom report is that they base most of their analysis based on North America which should not be a criteria to judge the overall performance. Blackberry is waxing strong in Africa, Latin America, India, Philippines and a lot more of the emerging markets.

    I’m also sure RIM understands what doing well means for the company. If the top officials that are managing the affairs of the company decides to resign on the grounds of not doing well, I really do not see why we should believe that all is well with the company while their fortune keeps dwindling year after year.

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