Holiday Musings

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.

An interesting commentary on human resources

In the MBTI certification program, the instructor demonstrated how using the four mental functions (sensing, intuition, thinking and feeling) are really a decision making process, and if followed, lead to a more robust decision.

One begins with sensing (get the data), moves to intuition (what other possibilities are there), then on to thinking (analyze the options logically) and finally feeling (considering the human impact of the decision.)

What I found interesting is that he also gave examples of which parts of an organization typically bring each of the functions to the group.  We all get that finance often brings the sensing and thinking functions, while the strategy group looks for possibilities. (more…)