Let call what we are all experiencing what is is... CHANGE!
Sometimes change is planned, sometimes it isn't. Often change happens to us and we do not get to choose.
Change can be frightening or unsettling... but as FDR said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
Change is rarely confined to a single event, hence the term "period of change".
So, yes, ActiveRain is going through some changes. And some of the friends we have all come to love around here are moving on. Some by choice, others, not. I know I share the feelings that many others have expressed, but what I just refuse to buy into is the pessimism and borderline insanity surrounding it.
In a previous career, I was a Change Management consultant for a "Big 6" consulting firm. One of the things that I learned early in that career was that change almost always precedes growth. Think about it... if things are moving along steadily and nothing changes, what is the likelihood that things will be taken to the next level quickly? Change accelerates things and, when managed properly, infuses an organization with fresh momentum.
I think that change may bring ActiveRain and all of us members new opportunities and our own business growth opportunities. Nikesh Parekh, the new CEO and Bob Stewart have provided assurances about improvements to technology and a stable platform for members... a long requested and awaited change. Bob has confirmed his commitment to the ActiveRain culture. And with the recent departures of Doug Ching and Steven Graham, an assurance to continue AR's focus on training, education and member services has been made by Nikesh. In comments made by Kerrie Greenhalgh, she has stated emphatically that she's not going anywhere. To the best of my knowledge, nobody has backpeddled on these assurances and I would be surprised if they did.
Will things be different? Yeah, they will. People leave their mark on a position and/or an organization that they are a part of... especially one that people pour their hearts into like ActiveRain. And when people leave, things are different because the people who replace them bring their own ideas and personalities with them. But don't confuse different with worse! I have been an AR member for nearly 4 years now, and I am excited to see what opportunities and enhancements these changes bring to our community. Am I a bit uneasy about all this? Absolutely... it's human nature! But, I am also open to the possibility that the changes will bring great things for us all. After talking with Nikesh and Bob, I kind of think they will.
There is always "Plan B", and we should all have one... that's just good business. But in my heart, I believe that "Plan A" (or should that be Plan A-R?) is still going strong!