At 5:00 on Thanksgiving morning, I am not supposed to be sitting here writing a blogpost, but here I am. I am patting myself on the back for figuring out how to link this blog to my professional pages on Facebook and LinkedIn, and for doing a “soft launch” to friends and colleagues. I haven’t posted anything too opinionated yet – still just practicing.
In graduate school, blogging was part of the curriculum and my hand hovered over the “ENTER” key for a long time before I finally sent my first post out for everyone (well, a class of about 20) to see. Blogging is so public….omg, what if folks disagree.
Perhaps it is the wisdom of the years since grad school (3…) but I have come to believe that the work I do – organization development, culture, performance, learning – is steeped in shades of grey, and just cannot be black and white. Why does that matter? Well, it lets me off the hook a bit, I guess. My opinion is framed in years of my experiences, as others’ opinions are in theirs.
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to people; there is only robust dialogue about perspectives. And the richer the dialogue, the greater the learning, and ultimately, the better the decision. (Of course you have to MAKE a decision, but that’s another post…)
So I look forward to some robust dialogues. Please join in.