Nortel Insider – by Desk Jockey

The view from one Desk Jockey


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This blog has been created to give Nortel employees a voice so that their fears, concerns and opinions can be heard as Nortel struggles to regain its footing in the market.  While the general outlook is hopeful, things will always be tempered by the truth.

A few ground rules and disclaimers: None of the authors of this blog own, nor have they ever owned, any shares of NT, nor do they have access to or control over Nortel in any way that they could be construed as “Insiders“.  All opinions expressed on this blog belong only to the respective authors and do not represent any positions or view points of Nortel itself or of its employees as a whole.

This blog is purely for documenting the ephemeral and should not be taken as fact.


Written by Desk Jockey

November 14, 2008 at 4:51 am

14 Responses

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  1. anytyhing going on now? Do you get the feeling that NT management has been sitting around twiddling their thumbs?

    Bay Stewart

    December 29, 2008 at 1:28 pm

  2. […] was not unexpected, as we started this blog back in November to document the seemingly rapid development and downfall of this one-great company.  We do not […]

  3. My father used to say “satire is the lowest form of wit”. In this case, I would agree. How can Hitler be funny? Really, if you think hard enough about it (if that’s required), it makes absolutely no sense. The use of Hitler as a way to make a point – even if others have done it – is sickening. Freedom of expression is a wonderful thing, but when you are positioning yourself as a representative of Nortel employees, I don’t believe you have the right. I would hate for the public to think that the general Nortel employee population supports the use of the video. I was hoping that you would see the light on this one, but clearly your response to my post indicates that you still disagree. I have therefore been more blantant about my opinion. You can say what you want, use what you want, but if so, please remove the gif at the top of your page that says “The view from within Nortel”.


    February 4, 2009 at 9:59 pm

  4. Happy now?

    Desk Jockey

    February 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm

  5. This is not fun. Really. You can remove my post from here (and the other spot too if you want). Sorry for the double posting. I’m not much of a blogger. Just looking for fairness. I liked your blog when you started DJ. I just think that you have gone overboard a few times and now wonder if it has hurt your credibility. Maybe I just don’t get the whole blogging scene.


    February 4, 2009 at 11:34 pm

  6. Another blow to free expression. It seems that ” concerned” is unable to see the bigger picture, or does not want too…
    There are none that are so bind, as those who will not see.
    Hitler be damned! If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck….and so on.
    Keep up the good work.
    I was recently alerted by a friend about this video series. I wanted to see them. Now I can’t.
    Apparently….the powers that be, feel the need to censor…that’s more frightening, and, less humourous, than anything that you may have produced!
    Kind of underlines the whole point of the exercise…doesn’t it?


    March 9, 2009 at 11:58 am

  7. Trying to make a point effectively in a few words on a blog is proving to be very difficult for me. My point was always very simple and specific. Using Hitler (and everything that he stood for) to make a point can be damaging for many obvious reasons. But that aside, as it relates to this blog and DJ’s messages, part of my “concern” was related to the effectiveness of the communication. Using Hitler alienates some people who may actually agree with the overall message and (yes) who can see the big picture. My guess is that most (if not all) can see the big picture. It’s pretty obvious. Employees get hit in the face with it everyday. I believe that the use of this medium (blog) to share the Nortel experience has tremendous potential and is obviously serving a very good purpose.

    The problem has been that the use of Hitler has given those who feel attacked by the messages (executives) an out. Instead of having to respond to very accurate messages, they are able to divert everyone’s attention to the inappropriateness of the videos, giving them an opportunity to deflect what they should really be acknowledging. By changing the backdrop to something that is not contentious, those responsible would have no choice but to own up to much of the meaning. See what I mean? I’m not promoting censorship. I’m trying to find ways to get the message to be even more effective.

    DJ has always made very good points and has made a tremendous effort to try to reflect what is going on at Nortel, and has integrated those messages with his own emotions. For communications to be really effective, that is, for them to be completely believable (IMHO), it’s important to assess every aspect of the way the messages are communicated. If they are presented in a very clear and professional way, they have greater reach and significantly more impact. In this particular situation, I think that a broad reach is important. But just as you and I have a right to express ourselves, so does DJ, and I cannot expect him to want to have the same objectives as me. I am hung up on making sure that the Nortel story is told, fully and completely and accurately. But maybe there is no one story. Maybe it’s a collection of stories, one of which is DJ’s. His blog certainly has become part of the story. And what I have noticed over the past few weeks is that he is really working through (along with the rest of us) what is going on – as indicated through his struggle on whether or not to remove the videos. From my own experience with him, he respectfully changed the “about” section on his blog to express that his comments speak for him alone and has encouraged others to express support when applicable. Which is what everyone is doing. I don’t see the problem. It’s working, he’s working through the “challenges” to his videos and in the end, he’s making his own decisions. Good for DJ and good for the rest of us. Nortel’s situation is being played out in front of the public, over the internet, in a way that has probably not occurred ever before. It will go down in history for so many reasons, DJ’s blog included.


    March 11, 2009 at 12:16 pm

  8. Yes, please don’t attack Concerned because of his viewpoints, he has always been respectful and observant. Compared to others that have mindlessly defended the corruptions time and again, he is a saint!

    I apologize for my attacks on him. I overreacted and acted in an immature manner and for that I am sorry. He has been a valuable contributer just like everyone else here.

    Desk Jockey

    March 14, 2009 at 10:54 am

  9. what is that hitler movie anyway? i want to rent it.


    March 16, 2009 at 3:49 pm

  10. Did anyone see this?! Execs still get their severance!

    See begining on bottom of page 236


    March 19, 2009 at 9:18 am

  11. DJ, where are you? Are you no longer an “insider”?


    April 29, 2009 at 11:39 am

  12. How come I do not see any more postings?
    At one point, I disagreed with your opinions … I know see my own folly around believing in Nortel.
    I must say how perplexed I am about how this time last year Mike Z was very upbeat about Nortel. And today reading G&M, how the board members new the company was doomed. Feels like investors were tricked right to the bitter end. Further to this, I see evidence on Yahoo how board memebers cashed their holdings at the end of June while the Stock was riding high.


    August 11, 2009 at 10:28 pm

  13. Hello. This is a tweet. Using twitter API for ios


    October 19, 2011 at 6:35 am

  14. A monument of Nortel.


    September 18, 2012 at 1:38 am

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