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Feb 18, 2005

First Post

DECIDING WHAT MY FIRST POST should be was difficult, so I decided to just trust where my mind went and see what I'd end up with.

In my days spent planning the first post my stream of consciousness continually flowed towards Slashdot, the biggest portal of news concerning technophiles. I come from a technology/web-application background and am a big supporter of Open Source software.  As such, I spend a few minutes everyday reading this site whose motto is “News For Nerds.  Stuff That Matters.”  Slashdot has an interesting culture within, built around the “first post.”  Taken from the /. faq's:

What's up with "First Post" comments?

"First Post" comments are one of those odd little memetic hiccups that come out of nowhere and run amok. Basically, people with altogether far too much spare time sit and reload Slashdot, hoping that they will get the "First Post" in a discussion. This is one of those things that the moderation system was designed to clean up, and for the most part, it works. "First Post" comments usually get moderated down as off-topic almost instantly.

Why should you care about first posts on slashdot?  Good question, and for the few weeks I have spent contemplating the first post I figured that you shouldn't -- that there was no substance in my mind's wanderings.

But recently, I have realized that there is actually something behind this.  “First-posters” are exactly what I am NOT blogging about.  A level 5 leader will never be the first-poster. And the more I think about it, neither will she be the last-poster, but always a middle-poster.

Thus, this blog will address leadership issues in families, business, education and politics.  More specifically, I am going to explore Leadership while trying to identify examples of Level 5 leadership as defined by Jim Collins in his book Good To Great.  We are going to look for the "middle-posters" everywhere, leaders that genuinely seek truth and progress in what they do.

Here's an assignment for the both of us:  Is it possible to identify a Level 5 post in the comments of a slashdot post/article?

posted at 04:05 PM by Chris Chew in Leadership


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