Over the year that I have been blogging I get a lot of people asking me (a) if I have met Griff and (b) if Griff likes me. I think the answer to those 2 questions are probably the same, but I can only definitively say "NO" to the first one and assume no to the second, LMAO.
However there is a core group of eBayer’s that listen to his show and follow his commentary religiously. He serves a demographic akin to the "old school eBay" methodology of that garage sale platform, from the late ’90′s. A recent listen to his show a couple of weeks ago when John Donahoe (eBay CEO) was a guest. I was in the office and actually listened to it live for the first time in about a year.
What struck me was the constant stream of "newbie" questions and commentary along with the lack of any real usable strategic knowledge. I was also left with this uncomfortable feeling that Griff (who has sold on this platform for years) had a muzzle on.
I can’t quite put my finger on it exactly, but I almost felt he wanted to say some things or make a commentary about eBay’s changes, but his corporate "job" would not permit him any freedom of thought. God what an AWFUL position to be in. Especially for a guy like me, with a fat mouth, it would drive me insane. And it actually DID, that is why I started my own business to leave corporate America.
Is Griff between a rock and a hard place? I don’t know, but what I do know is that there does not seem to be any synergy between the average "fan" of Griff and the eBay Radio Show and the new directive of eBay coming down from the CEO.
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