Things we take for granted

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I was recently in one of the most beautiful places in North America. Everywhere I looked, there was indescribable beauty.  Early in the trip, I took lots of photos because I just was not used to the scenery I was seeing.  Later on in the trip, the beauty had become almost commonplace.  In less than a week, the beauty had become so common that I failed any longer to see it.  I was beginning to take the beauty for granted.  In fact, I spoke with a number of local residents.  This beauty was all they had ever known.  Indeed, they appreciated the thousands of tourists that visited their area, but they did not see the wonder of their own homeland around them.  They took the beauty for granted.

It is easy to become so familiar with what we have that we eventually fail to realize how blessed we really are. Today, let’s take a fresh look at those things we have that we might take for granted… things we might fail to really appreciate.

Do you really appreciate:

  • The lifestyle we have – Do you realize that even the poorest and most desperate individuals in our society are better off than over 90% of the world’s population?
  • A supporting and loving spouse – For those of us blessed with a supporting spouse, do we express our appreciation and thankfulness daily?
  • The freedom we have to pursue our own destiny – Many in the world today do not have the freedoms we have in the developed world
  • Our education – Most of us have been given the ability to pursue the education and skills necessary to contribute to our company
  • Our company – Working for a company that provides good personal opportunities and makes a difference to our patients is a privilege and honor
  • Life’s basics – I really appreciate air-conditioning during this time of year, but I do take it for granted at times – many other of life’s indulgences that we enjoy every day are easy to take for granted
  • Good friends – My life if richer because of my friends
  • Our children and grandchildren – I cannot imagine my life without my children and grandchildren
  • Great food – I am continually thankful for bacon, blueberries, Snickers bars, chocolate chip cookies, and hamburgers
  • Music, art, books, and fun – Do you frequently pause to appreciate these?
  • The beauty around us – Each of us can celebrate the uniqueness and beauty of the world around us
  • Technology – We often forget how our lives have been enhanced by the technology of our world
  • Great leaders, mentors, teachers, coaches – Please don’t take for granted those individuals that have and routinely do invest in your own life and career.

Finally, I appreciate and am thankful for time. We are promised only today. Are you in the habit of appreciating and being thankful for each new day?Have you become immune to those blessings around you every day? Do you live your life in appreciation? Are you thankful for those people in your life that have made a difference to you? Please don’t become so used to the wonder around you that you fail to appreciate it.Thanks to you for making this a better place. Have a fantastic day!

Networking “To Do” List for Today

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Over the last few months, I have heard a number of coworkers describe their own personal career journey. Some have worked only at one company.  Some have worked at 5+ companies.  Some in plants, some corporate, some both.  Many have relocated their families for advancement opportunities.  It is interesting to see that every person has a unique journey.  However, there is one thing that every single person has mentioned as a key element of their career success… networking!  So, I thought it might be good today to remind you of your networking “to do” list that can help ensure you remain in the loop.

Today’s Networking “To Do” List

  • Contact one old boss or mentor to reconnect via e-mail or phone – you might even consider doing this by thanking that person for what they have done for you in the past, such as “I was just thinking about you and felt I needed to call and just say thanks for the help and guidance you gave me in the past…”
  • Ensure that your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date – you might even post a comment occasionally – this will ensure that all your contacts see your name and remember you
  • Connect with 5 new individuals on LinkedIn – check the “others you might know” area
  • Plan a lunch out with someone in a quiet place where you can discuss events, career activities/challenges, etc.
  • Find an industry meeting that you can attend – many such events occur locally at little cost – these can provide great opportunities for meeting new individuals
  • If you don’t have a mentor, begin thinking about someone you admire or in an area that you would like to know more about – plot a meeting with that person to explore mentoring opportunities
  • Do something with old friends – we need to be intentional about staying close to friends – they provide a safety net for us when times get rough, so we need to nurture those relationships often

 

By doing these things, you can stay connected with your expanding network of individuals.

Thanks for doing something today to make it a better day for someone else! And, have a great one yourself!

 

A time to dance!

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Today, we look at the next in our series based on the 1965 song by The Byrds called Turn! Turn! Turn!  You will recall that we looked at “a time to break down, and a time to build up” the last time.  Today, we look at the theme:

“A time to dance”

There is a song by Garth Brooks called The Dance that is meaningful to me.  The song talks primarily about a relationship, but it is an allegory on life.  The key lyrics are:

Yes, my life is better left to chance, I could have missed the pain, but I’d have had to miss the dance.” (from The Dance, by Garth Brooks – the entire song can be heard at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpwdwbO1uvM)

The main message of the song is that we can go through life and take no risks (e.g., miss the pain), but, in doing so, we would miss much of the beauty and wonder that life can offer (e.g., miss the dance). To me, this is so true!  Sure, we can “play it safe” and avoid the possibility of being hurt.  However, you may miss experiences or learning that which makes life what it should be.  Someone once said, “It is better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.”  Same message, same principle.

When I look back on my life, I think of several great examples of this. However, let me highlight just one today to illustrate this principle.  Previously, I worked for a company that had many problems.  And, as a result, the experience for me was very difficult.  This job required a move for my family and we commuted 8 hours each way for 89 weeks to fulfill a promise to my daughter.  So, the commute was difficult.  On top of this, I felt challenged every day in my work.  Making progress was slow.  Freedom to operate was limited.  I hated being micromanaged.  I just felt every night going home to an empty apartment or house that the whole thing was a mistake.  However, I learned every day during this experience.  Now, I realize that had a chosen the safe route, that is, had I chosen to not take this position, I would have missed out on much, such as:

  • Learning positive ways to treat others, elicit collaboration, and get things done in the face of difficulty
  • Learning just what I was capable of doing – had I not taken this role, I would not have understood the limits of my own capabilities
  • Demonstrating to my children that, no matter how difficult the challenge, we must honor our word and our commitment – the challenge of commuting for this long proved to them something that they could never have learned just from my words, and, finally…
  • I would never have met many individuals I now consider my dearest friends – this “good” in my life has been worth every bit of the “bad times” I experienced in this difficult position

Had I taken the safe route, I may have avoided some pain, but I certainly would have missed out on the “dance” that has brought such joy and reward to my life.

Yes, there is a time to dance and, in reality, we may be dancing right now. We may look back on today as “the good times” that represent the time of dancing in our lives.  When you consider it that way, today may just be a day to rejoice and be thankful for what we have.  We think it might last forever, but it won’t.

Thanks for what you do to enhance the lives of those around you. Have a great day!  You may look back someday and talk about today’s dance… and smile.

 

Our Positivity Index: Staying positive even you don’t feel like it

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As I have said previously, my wife and I recently took our first cruise. We enjoyed it very much.  One of the things, however, that was most impressive was how the employees stayed “on their game” all day every day.  These employees typically do the same thing every day for nine months without a day off.  Yet, they remain positive, cooperative, and make it fun every day.  Most impressive was the Cruise Director, the guy in charge of all the entertainment all week.  He was up and “on his game” from around 6am when he taped his daily what’s-happening-today TV program to the last show around midnight.  He was everywhere and 100% positive every minute.  How does he do that?  What can keep an individual “on top of his/her game” no matter what is happening in their personal life and no matter how they feel?

Not that I am an expert on this subject because I know I am not always “on my game”, but I can think of several things that matter:

Our Positivity Index: Staying positive even when you don’t feel like it

Perpetually positive people:

  1. Live their lives with a sense of gratitude – Positive people know they are blessed. They know that, relatively speaking, things are good. They appreciate what they have and the opportunities they have been given. Thus, they want to pay something back to others. They want others to experience the appreciation they feel.
  2. – Positive people realize that they have a responsibility to others. Thus, they know that some days they simply have to crunch their way through it. Those individuals working on the cruise ship are away from their families for nine months. Certainly, there are days when they are homesick and miss their families. Yet, they realize that those very people they miss are depending upon them to work and do a great job. The same holds for us… some days we just have to get through and do our best doing it.
  3. Have the ability to motivate themselves – Positive people have an internal positivity thermostat that they control. They have that ability to remain positive no matter the circumstances. Others require ongoing encouragement to remain positive. Knowing what makes and keeps us positive is important for setting our personal positivity thermostat.
  4. Surround themselves with positive people – Positive people attract and keep company with other positive people. Negative people challenge us and tend to drive us down. Thus, positive people know this and seek to surround themselves with others that can keep a positive outlook.
  5. Live to add value to others – Positive people approach each day wondering what they can do to make life better for someone else. They look at each day as a challenge – what will happen and who will cross my path that I can help? How can I turn this negative day into a positive one for someone else? When you approach a day in this manner, you will be amazed at how your outlook can change.
  6. Can see the big picture – Positive people understand that life is a marathon, not a sprint. Thus, they tend to keep those minor, small nuisances of life in proper perspective and focus on the longer-term. Small things do not drag them down. They can quickly dismiss setbacks and reset their focus.
  7. Prioritize well – Positive people organize their lives in a way that minimizes the impact of a busy schedule, deadlines, and last-minute issues. These tend to shift us toward the negative. By keeping the big things big and the small things small, they maintain a more positive outlook.
  8. Focus on what they can control – Positive people know that there are some things they can control and others which they cannot. They have a way of compartmentalizing these and, thus, do not focus on what they cannot control. When you focus on those things under your control, you allow yourself more time to get things done and maintain your “chin up.”
  9. Celebrate milestones – Positive people know that they need to pause and celebrate key milestones. They maintain a positive outlook simply because they spend time recognizing that hard-won victories deserve our attention. When you are working toward a target, you maintain the feeling that you are making progress and achieving successes along the way.
  10. Take care of themselves – Positive people know that they must take care of themselves to remain positive. Getting enough sleep, getting regular exercise, eating well, taking time away to refresh… all of these are important to allow us to reset and refocus.

So, which of these cause you to struggle the most? Which of these can you shift toward a more positive outlook?  If we assume that the sum total of these ten items in our lives result in our own personal “Positivity Index”, improving in one or two of these can have a favorable impact on our overall positivity.  Thus, if we can improve even in one or two of these, our outlook should be impacted.  I’m sure the opposite is also true.

Look around. Who in your world has a high “Positivity Index”?  What keeps them that way?  How can you become more like that?

Thanks for what you do to make the world a better place! Have a great day today!  Remember, it could still be our very best yet!  There is still a chance.

A time to break down and a time to build up

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Today, we look at the next in our series based on the 1965 song by The Byrds called Turn! Turn! Turn!  (see full lyrics below).  You will recall that we looked at “a time to plant, and a time to reap that which is planted” the last time.  Today, we look at the theme:

“A time to break down, and a time to build up”

My wife and I enjoy watching those TV shows highlighting the rehabilitation of old houses with the finished product being a masterpiece.  There is an annual home tour in an old St. Louis neighborhood that we also like to do where all the homes illustrate a complete and major rework of the home.  Some of these are absolutely amazing, especially when you see the before and after photos.

To successfully accomplish these home rehabilitation projects, the comes a day (or month) called “demolition day.”  That is the time when much or most of the old, obsolete elements of the home are torn away to make room for the new.  In many cases, the demolition takes the interior of the home all the way down to the inner structure (or studs) of the home.  A complete reconstruction is necessary — wiring, sheetrock, trim, paint, etc. — to make the beautiful finished product that we enjoy seeing.

The same concept is often necessary in our private or work lives.  Taking something “all the way to the studs” is often necessary to rebuild to that beautiful finished product.  Individuals with severe addiction often must become broken and dependent before they can be restored to their true person.  Systems must often be completely removed before new, modern ones can be installed.  The way we work may have to be completely redesigned from a “blank slate” to re-invent a process that is more efficient and more effective than the old one.

The theme “a time to break down, and a time to build up” certainly applies to stages and facets of life and work.  Making the determination as to when something must be demolished is often the challenge, however.  Asking yourself, “What value is in the old?  What is worth keeping?  What can be made better?  Should I just start from scratch?” are the questions that can help make this clearer.  If you find that there is no intrinsic or true value in keeping the old, it may be better to start over.  I have seen cases where trying to retain and fix something old actually costs more and results in a worse product than having started from scratch.  However, you need to determine if the old, like an antique, is worth keeping and restoring.  In homes, this intrinsic value often makes rehabilitation worth it.  However, in the work place, we need to be less emotional and more practical when looking at improvement projects.

So, for today, think about those challenges you face.  Is today a time to begin the demolition needed to rehabilitate something in your life?  Or, is today the day we need to “build up” someone else in our life?  It could be that you can turn a bad day into a good one for someone else simply by saying something encouraging.  Think about it.  Have a terrific day!  Thanks for making this a better world.

Turn! Turn! Turn!

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die;

A time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal;

A time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

A time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose;

A time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew;

A time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate;

A time of war, and a time of peace.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKP4cfU28vM

 

Are you missed when you are away?

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I recently ran across the following quote:

“Work for a cause, not for applause; live life to express, not to impress; don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.” – Author Unknown –

It made me think of people I miss when they are not around. Then, it made me wonder why is it that I miss them.  As you probably know by now, when I philosophize (oftentimes, on my porch at home), I make lists.  Here is my list of “why I miss some people when they are not around” – this applies to home, work, and other places:

  1. Some people I miss simply because of the way I feel when they are near – I’m sure you know this point well. There are just some people in my life that make me feel all better, even when I’m not feeling well or when I’m not in the greatest of moods. These individuals have a way of lifting the mood when they are present. What is it about these that I can emulate? How can I become more like that?
  2. Some people I miss because they make this a better place – If you are like me, you have a list of people that you know make this a better place when they are present. You just get a more confident feeling about the place when you know their car is in the driveway or when their computer “green dot” is on or when you sense that they are in the same house or building. You know they make a difference… a positive difference. You know that things simply are not as good when they are away.
  3. Some people I miss because I am a better person when they are near – Have you ever noticed that some people have this knack of making everyone else around them better? How do they do that? But, it is true, some have that sense of calm or warmth or caring or direction or vision or hospitality or whatever it is that makes everyone else in the room better just because of their presence.
  4. Some people I miss because we have been through so much together – My wife and I have been married for almost 41 years. We have been through so much together that I am just not the same when she is not near. There are others in my family or workplace that make me feel the same way… individuals that have worked with me in one or two other companies together. We just have a different bond than those that have not been through the same journey.
  5. Some people I miss just because they make me smile – Yes, some people make me smile just by thinking of them. Life is different when they are away.
  6. Some people I miss… just because – And, finally, some people I miss for reasons I cannot pinpoint. However, their absence still creates that emptiness that is just not present when they are near.

So, there is my list. Now, the question is this, “How can I live my life that makes my absence felt when I am away?  On the other hand, does my absence make some glad?”  We should routinely take personal inventory of our lives.  Today might be a good day to just ask whether you are making such a difference in the lives of those around you in such a way that your absence leaves a vacuum that only you can fill.

One last quote for today from another unknown author that should make us all go home and hug our family this evening:

“Because you never think that the last time is the last time… you think there will be more… you think that you have forever… but you don’t”

Thanks to so many of you for making a difference in my life.   Thanks for being in my life!  Have a fabulous day!

 

Turning “Spin” into “Truth”

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I recently heard of a comment one couple has used with their children.  They live in an area frequented by those “ice cream trucks” that come around a couple times each day trying to entice parents into buying ice cream and other treats for their children playing outside.  Amazingly, it seems these trucks always come around just before mealtime.  Anyway, this couple fends off this temptation for the kids by telling them, “When the ice cream truck is playing music, that means that the truck is out of  ice cream.  If you ever see it not playing music, that means it has plenty and we might get some.”  Of course, no one has ever seen an ice cream truck NOT playing that irritating carnival music!

In the US, we have entered an election cycle where many public positions are being contested in upcoming elections.  Candidates work tirelessly to say what they think the voters want to hear.  They “spin” their stories to attempt to entice support.  What is spin?

Spin is an effort to turn a negative situation into a positive one by embellishing, manipulating, or twisting the truth.

In my example above, the parents want to avoid a difficult conversation (that is, they don’t have the courage to just say “no”) by twisting the truth (or, in this case, lying).

Do we see “spin” in the workplace or in life?  Sure, let’s look at a few examples:

  • “Though I didn’t accomplish the specific goals set aside for me this year, the things I did do were done in an amazingly outstanding manner.  Thus, I deserve an ‘exceeds’ rating…” – Using spin to explain why you didn’t accomplish required tasks is a way of trying to manipulate the system for your own benefit
  • “Yes, our team did not perform as well as we intended or even did last year; however, we are excited that our declining results give us a chance to improve even more next year…” – Shame on anyone using spin to attempt to turn poor results into “good news”
  • “We failed to accomplish the required task, but our results were better than most other teams…” – Attempting to shift the focus from your own performance to that of others is a form of “spin” that should be easily detected by an astute member of management
  • “We were on track to have a break-out year, but our efforts were derailed because the new xyz system implementation was late…” – Shifting the blame to someone else is a form of “spin” that fails to accept accountability for results
  • “Though I failed to achieve several key results, my historical stellar performance should highlight that this year was an aberration that can be dismissed…” – Attempting to rest of your laurels or historical performance to dismiss poor results is a form of “spin” that, again, illustrates lack of accountability

We could probably look at a number of other examples of “spin” in the workplace.  However, turning “spin” into truth requires courage.  I believe there are three key things that, if done consistently, can change how you are viewed by others (that is, instead of being viewed as a “spin-master”, you would be viewed as one that consistently demonstrates good character):

  1. Hold yourself accountable – Don’t use “spin’ to make your performance appear to be something it was not.  When you failed to achieve a desired result, say so.  Being open and transparent builds and exudes character that will pay off in the long run for you and others.
  2. Be bold about the truth – Some fear being the bearer of bad news.  This should not be the case.  Be open about what happened and why without offering excuses.  Help the hearer understand the impact of the results and what actions are being taken to mitigate negative consequences.  Often times, being bold about the truth actually works to your advantage.  Certainly, it helps the company face up to problems that otherwise might have been swept under the carpet.
  3. Ask probing questions of others that offer you “spin” – When faced with potential “spin” from others, call them on it.  Ask probing questions about what actually occurred or what could have been avoided and why it was not.  “Help” others to be accountable for the results they are responsible for achieving.
  4. Be clear about what you could control and what you could not control – It is OK to put results into proper context.  For example, when explaining negative results, it is certainly acceptable to offer the rationale behind the results.  Of course, conditions may change over time that make achieving desired results impossible.  But, when you do, be sure that you don’t twist the truth by mixing those things you could control with those you could not.
  5. Do what you say you will do – Develop a reputation of someone that will always do what they say.  And, if you ever find yourself in jeopardy of missing a target, early and open communication is a must.

In short, no one truly cares to hear “spin” – especially from those they should expect to be open and truthful.  Let’s resolve to execute our work spin-free.  Let’s help each other understand the truth about that ice cream truck!

This could be it… our very best day yet!  There is still that chance!  Watch for it!

 

A time for everything: A time to plant, a time to reap

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There was a song that reached #1 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1965 by The Byrds called Turn! Turn! Turn!  You may remember the song, but will surely find it familiar when you listen at the link below.  The song was written by Pete Seeger and the lyrics are adapted word-for-word from the Book of Ecclesiastes, written by King Solomon over 5000 years ago.  The song was popular during a very turbulent time in history and typically evokes vivid memories by those old enough to remember it.  The song includes 14 items relating to “a time for everything.”  We will look at some or all of these over the next few weeks and see how each them applies both to life and work —- and, how an understanding of them can help us be more productive in what we do.  The lyrics are included below.  Today, we look at the theme:

  “A time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted”

Those of you familiar with farming or gardening understand this well.  There is a proper time for planting.  You cannot plant vegetables in the harsh cold of the winter and expect good results.  And, you cannot plant today and expect a harvest next week.  There are proper times both for planting and harvesting.

Likewise, there are proper times for the things we do in our lives or in our work.  And, perhaps just as importantly, obtaining a harvest takes hard work and patience.  Parents of toddlers know this for sure!  You work hour-by-hour, day-after-day, and year-after-year to teach your children right from wrong, how to do things, ways of thinking, values, and skills to be productive adults.  As someone once said, “The days are long, but the years are short.”  Eventually, there is a payback when the children have grown into self-sufficient, productive, loving adults (yes, that day will come!).  Yet, they didn’t become that way overnight.  You cannot expect good manners on day one.  It takes time to reap the harvest.

Similarly, activities in the workplace must be timely and they often require patience.  Knowing when to push and when to wait is a skill some never learn.  Driving to the end is hard – especially that final 10% to the finish line.  Knowing that you have good things coming in your career, but having the patience to realize that they may be 5 or 10 years down the road is hard.  Working diligently on a project for 5 years, but understanding that someone else will get the credit when it finally ends is challenging.

The key thing to remember is that there will be a day of harvest.  Perhaps, that day will be years from now.  Perhaps, you will reap what others planted and watered.  It could be that you’ll never see the end of your good work occurring today.  But the point is that we must understand that persistence, patience, preparation, praise for others, and active participation all work together to drive the final good results we hope to see.  I am personally thankful for those in our past that had the foresight to develop products that save lives, create processes/systems/procedures that govern how we work, and give me their personal attention to ensure that I had a chance to be successful.  Today might be a day of sowing seeds for the future, making an impact on the life of another, or it could be a day we reap the harvest sewn by others.  In each case, giving the very best we can offer should be our goal and our attitude.

Have a terrific and productive day!  Thanks for all you do!

 

Turn! Turn! Turn!

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die;

A time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal;

A time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

A time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose;

A time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew;

A time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate;

A time of war, and a time of peace.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKP4cfU28vM

 

Identifying and dealing with our hidden biases

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We live in a challenging world in challenging times. One of the issues facing Transformative Leaders today (and, frankly, all of us) is how to identify and deal effectively with our biases.  Let’s face it… everyone has biases or preferences.  Personally, I have a bias for vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip cookies.  And, who doesn’t prefer a cute puppy over a scruffy, old dog?  We also carry biases regarding the appearance, background, education, demeanor, age, color, height/weight, etc., of individuals.  These preferences have an impact at our homes, our places of work, and at social events.  We carry these preferences (e.g., biases) whether we know it or not… whether we admit it or not.

A colleague recently sent me an interesting article written by Amir Ghannad (Sr. Director, Global People Excellence at Campbell Soup Company) that speaks to this issue.  Ghannad, who is also author of the book, The Transformative Leader, agrees that we all have biases.  Even those claiming to be unbiased, have biases.  Ghannad says, If we accept the notion that biases are automatically developed based on our experiences, then we all have them and the best chance we have of not letting them cloud our judgment is to acknowledge their presence and deal with them, rather than try to pretend they don’t exist.”

So, what is our responsibility in dealing with the biases we have developed based upon our background and experiences? According to Ghannad, there are two actions we must take to prevent them from clouding our judgment: admit that we have them, then deal with them.  Pretending they do not exist is simply offering an excuse to exercise our biases.

Once we recognize these biases and determine that they are not logical, practical, or productive, we can begin the process (e.g., an active process) to manage them. Ghannad summarizes his beliefs on this much better than I could:

“We would all be better off if we recognized that there is nothing wrong with having biases, as long as we acknowledge their existence and do our best not to act on them. It is when we deny that we have biases that we relinquish control of our thoughts and allow society to think for us.  

Biases are comforting because they provide easy answers where none may be readily available in reality. More often than not, however, those answers or solutions give us an excuse to be lazy or give up on solving the real problem. We all want change, but unfortunately we also tend to want someone else to go first. Transformative Leaders do not have this luxury, nor should they. They do not look to others for permission to speak the truth or do the right thing. Rather, they are authentic about what they know and don’t know, and own up to their faults and biases, so that all those who look up to them realize that they have permission to do the same. It is only through this acknowledgment and sharing that we are able to help each other put down the baggage we have been carrying in the form of our biases or at least make peace with our imperfections, knowing that we can mitigate the risk of them impairing our judgment, so long as they are not hidden from our view.”

From The Bias of the Unbiased by Amir Ghannad (for full article see https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/bias-unbiased-amir-ghannad)

 

Inside of nearly every person is one that wants exactly the same things we want… the ability to live our lives as we choose, the ability to make a positive impact, the need to be appreciated, and the ability to have meaningful interaction with others. Let’s resolve together to seek to “walk in the shoes of each other.”  Let’s see life from the other side and work together to create a productive environment for all.

Thanks for making this a better world! Let’s have a “top ten” day!