“A feud is this way: A man has a quarrel with another man, and kills him; then that other man’s brother kills him; then the other brothers, on both sides, goes for one another; then the cousins chip in — and by and by everybody’s killed off, and there ain’t no more feud. But it’s kind of slow, and takes a long time.”
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Mark Twain
Perhaps given the nature of a lot of recent banter, without knowing a lot of what is going on in the background — my somewhat simple and perhaps naive suggestion would be that those parties directly involved set up a face to face meeting. Given that we have so many electronic mechanisms to express our opinions – blogs, tweets, IM’s etc. that can be misconstrued, maybe what is really needed is a good old fashioned sit down with food and beer so that all parties can sort out their differences, or at least agree to go back to the perspective corners without malice. So many of the individuals involved seem to have been colleagues and friends for so long, why not sort this out in person? Otherwise this may be a slow, slow burn. Wouldn’t you rather spend your time and energy focused on what we in the yellowverse have come to expect – collaboration and innovation?
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you will do things differently.”