This battle has been going on for eons. It was most often fought in the corridors of academia but it's no longer got heat. It's over and to continue the resistance is futile. Small guerilla groups will continue to skirmish in small pockets holding out for the way things were in the bad old days. They are like warmongers, only happy and profiting if the conflict is still alive.
I am talking about the war between Method and Message. Which is more important? Something to say or a better way of saying it? The battle's over, finished, done! You can't have one without the other any more. See Barack Obama or Hans Rosling (www.ted.com)
There are casualties on both sides. On the Message side there are those who believe that what you say is what matters. Great content, rigorous thinking, solid evidence. On the method side, those who package thoughts of others and push them out. Great technique and packaging.
To take sides now is to doom yourself in the sharing of great ideas. You need both. You need your Cicero messages and Caesar charm.
Here's to world peace!
Three previously won battles:
- Form versus Function - completed; agreed to share the victory.
- The war for talent - talent won.
- Gen Y engagement - beware… anyone under 25! (just joking)
- The end of team building based on competition or problem solving.
- Death to 360 degree feedback.
- The end of email as we know it.