A couple of weeks ago, we had a staff lunch—where we order a bunch of delicious food and sit around talking about what’s on our mind regarding our business and the industry in general. In the past, I have learned a great deal from these sessions and I believe our staff has as well.
Sure enough, there was some heated gossip along with the yummy cole slaw. We dished about what was happening at various publishing companies—Amazon and Penguin-Random in particular—and how these events would affect our business and our clients. There was a really interesting exchange of news and ideas and I think we all felt afterwards that we got some good inside information, as well as enjoying each other’s company.
All of this made me think about industry gossip and its value. I can see, as I did at our lunch, that when important news and information gets passed around (even if it’s just hearsay) and its implications are discussed and analyzed, we can learn a lot…I certainly did.
After the lunch, I found this piece, which ran a couple of years ago in Forbes and which underlines various aspects of office gossip. Do you all engage in a lot of office gossip? Do you find it useful?