The value of private and public information and insights

I try my best to share as much as I can, as openly as I can, on this blog. And, relative to most publicly available content, I think I do a pretty good job.

However, there are many times when a company or individual’s privacy prevents me from sharing information or a valuable insight. When I can, I conceal the specific identity of the company or individual and relay the information or insight in a more generic manner. However, this isn’t always possible.

In fact, the more I write, the more I realize that there’s a direct correlation between the value of the information or insight and the need to respect the privacy of the company or individual that is responsible for it. In other words, I’m unable to share many of the most valuable pieces of information and insights that I come across as they require privacy.

This doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth writing. There are other benefits to writing, and I also find value in the information and insights that I am able to publicly share.

However, some of the most valuable pieces of information and insights in our world are buried deep within people and organizations. They’re not in the public domain.

As such, accessing them requires more than reading what’s publicly written. It requires cultivating, maintaining, and accessing networks of people that hold these pieces of private information and insights.

Also published on Medium.