To complain or not complain

Which herd are you in?

Some months ago, while task avoiding and hunting through threads on LinkedIn I came across Steve Clarke’s thread  He challenged people not to complain for 7 days.

You can see where he is coming from. Not focussing on rubbish instead of the job in hand, positive thinking and all that. Of course there were the sheep who followed Steve and did all that cow towing about how it completely changed their lives! But being the argumentative soul that I am, I waded in with the fact that sometimes complaining is necessary. It brings about change and can bring in income!

John Towers posted this: “Would it be valid to draw a distinction between moaning and complaining? I would suggest that a complaint is an expression of dissatisfaction which the person voicing it would expect to result in some sort of positive remedial action (probably by somebody else!), whereas a moan is a negative and apathetic response by someone who is not prepared to take responsibility for a situation” Now that is probably a more eloquent way of explaining the difference between moaning and complaining than mine in the “About” page! We also agreed that where services for vulnerable people are concerned complaining is not only good it is essential! We work in businesses where we have to be ready to make and deal objectively and fairly with complaints, not least because it is stipulated in relevant regulations. That in turn makes improvements in services, why wouldn’t you want to make a difference in any other kind of service?

Steve did eventually agree though that “Yes there’s an art to effective complaining – where you see a positive outcome”. Hey I’m an artist! He also wrote how he didn’t complain when an organisation contacted him while he was on holiday and was clearly at fault. Steve was satisfied with not complaining and just confusing them. Me, I would complain and get compensation from them for inconveniencing me with their errors.

Steve and I were possibly arguing semantics at times, but in essence you are looking at not complaining and just getting on with the task in hand or complaining effectively and getting a positive result. To be fair they probably both have their place, but I’m a Change Manager, I want to affect change, have fun and if I make a bit of money for others and myself all the better. I had to stop arguing with Steve on Facebook and LinkedIn when I found out that he was using my posts in a seminar as how he got someone using one social network to engage on another. Someone called me a stalker because of the length of my post! NO! It was a long post because I used lots of evidence to back up my argument! Interestingly Steve did not engage in the debate choosing rather to make statements. Perhaps more sensible than engaging in debate with me…!

The 7 Day Challenge thread was probably one of the main inspirations for writing a Blog! Firstly there was no way I was rising to the challenge! Secondly, because I’ll use any tool available to me to prove my point, I decided to use a Blog!

I disagreed with Steve’s “Good enough is good enough” stance arguing that “Good enough is not good enough”  (Steve Job’s legacy) I also disagreed with him when he said that an email sent with grammatical errors didn’t matter. So I do hope that this Blog is good enough and there aren’t any errors!!!

Steve continues to say that complaining is negative, however here is another post proving otherwise with a list of positive outcomes from complaining.