OO Blog: 2010 Review

OO Blog statistics; and open dialogue with readers, for 2010 gave me some interesting insights regarding our broader “OO community” of readers.  So, in case you “missed it” and would like to catch up, here is what we have per blog statistics for our first full and complete year.  There is also a “trend” silently splitting the broader OO community of professionals.

According to WordPress in comparative ranking with all other blogs we are ranked: Awesome!

We posted 15 articles with over 4,100 views or hopefully “readers” for the year.

Tom Kosakowski’s Ombuds Blog was the leading referring site and Organizational Ombudsman came in second.

The most viewed articles for the year were:

  1. The New Ombudsperson: Per Se, Pro Se & Economic Austerity
  2. The New Ombudsperson: Google Voice Technology Review
  3. Ombudsman Career Focus
  4. Ombudsman ADR: The 6 C’s of Sociocratic Peace Building
  5. The New Ombudsman: Esotericism and Ethics

If you’ll notice, we switched from “Ombudsman” to “Ombudsperson” as the header to many article titles.  This was a result of a very tactful and “reminding” email from a “lady” in our profession pointing out my “conflict” by simply asking me to “define” and make more clear my “true progressive” stance about the profession and “lexicon” for being “inclusive” more consistently.  I couldn’t agree more, you know who you are if you read this, thank you.

After almost 2 full years of blogging I’ve exchanged some very enlightening and stimulating conversation through email and phone calls.  I’ve been interviewed several times, participated in “mock mediation” and provided “business insight and coaching” to help individuals get started, which is in alignment with my “other practice”.  Most of these were from the USA, a handful from as far away as eastern Europe.  The one key observation I’ve made is that the profession is “splitting” in “exact alignment” with what is happening in the US economy ie. “elite versus the common man and woman” in terms of the continued dominance of the legal profession and related professional organizations.  A handful of you have contacted me with this observation also, very observant indeed.  There is a “gap” that could be filled to provide balance because the strategic direction of key organizations is “institutional alignment” rather than “social and community” alignment.  There is little or no “linkage” between Corporate Social Responsibility and a corporations ombuds office.  We will have to see how this plays out, but after decades of strategic analysis in my “other practice”, the “course and direction” have been set anew since 2008; and the shifting of “internal politics” whereby many of the leaders in the profession are no longer in a position of influence; rather… positions of “institutional affluence” will now, like in contemporary politics, continue to provide a “caste system” in the profession.

I wish everyone the best for 2011, it’s going to be a very “wild” ride…


One Response to OO Blog: 2010 Review

  1. Jon McBride says:

    Re your switch from “Ombudsman” to “Ombudsperson”:

    The profession currently has abundant problems making people understand just what an “ombudsman” is, and just what distinctions like “organizational,” “classical,” “advocate,” “media,” and so on, mean. At a time like this (or, for that matter, in my opinion at anytime…) introducing a politically correct “ombudsperson” interpretation of a perfectly gender-neutral in its native Sweden term “ombudsman” does not strike me as “progressive” or “inclusive” but rather defensive and counterproductive. “Ombuds” is perhaps an acceptable alternative for those for whom the dreaded “man” causes acute heartburn, but “ombudsperson” simply does not strengthen the positioning of the profession in the public’s eye, or advance understanding of the critical role the ombudsman performs in resolving conflicts and enhancing channels of communication within organizations.

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