Plant, Water, Harvest
As I reflect on
the last year it has been a bit of an adventure. The economy
has been a challenge to us all. What we relied on for work
seemed to shrink away and what we spent little time doing seemed to
compete for our core business. As I reflect I am drawn to
summarize what I have learned or at least what I have been shown
again in hopes that I do learn.
I see now more
than ever that the words we use are just like seeds. In latent
cause analysis and in everyday life. I will relate what I am
talking about to LCA.
something goes wrong we all have a tendency to blame. In fact
if this goes unchecked, as it usually does in the workplace, it
usually turns into very piercing accusations, derogatory comments.
Usually done in the quiet of the hallway or behind closed doors.
ourselves thinking that it isn't hurting anyone - them or us.
We also deceive ourselves if we think, "well it is true, and
sometimes the truth hurts." I agree there is an element of
truth there but that it certainly not the way it should be used and
not why it should hurt. The truth hurts when I see it. I
suddenly see myself for who I really am. I suddenly have an
"Aha" moment and see that I contributed that incident. I was
ready to hang someone else, but now I see it was me, it was all of
us. That hurts. It hurts good. That brings
positive change. This is what LCA helps us do - to see
ourselves and in turn to see positive change.
We need positive
change. We can't plant negative words and expect to reap
positive change. I read an article where they interviewed all
the professors at a prestigious university. They asked them if
they thought they were better, average, or worse than the 'average
professor" there. 94% said better. Think about that.
That is almost all of them. That is our problem too. We
aren't better than everyone else. In fact that thinking
deceives us and leads us to blame and devour others.
That is where
humility comes in. Think of humility as the water for our
seeds which are words. If you have been through Failsafe's 4
day class you will remember and evidence exercise that taught you to
approach evidence in humility so you can "see." Without
humility we run off of bias, we run blind, we do not bring about
positive change. Doing an investigation when people realize
that I am not about blame and sense some humility then they jump on
board. They want to help too, just like you do.
comes after you plant, and water, and nurture. The harvest
comes when others, after seeing you approach life with humility, and
speak words that promote positive influence, then they start
following your example. It is drip by drip. It is a
battle every day, in LCA and in life.
There is some
really good news here. The harvest is coming. The only
thing bad may be is if you have been planting the wrong seeds.
This may explain why you are in the predicament you are in today.
Start today. Plant seed that will bring positive change.
Let's lose the chest pounding "I am the man" attitude - that is
accomplish the great job that we all have in heart by planting what
is right and watering it and helping others tend to the field as
The harvest is
coming - good or bad - and we can ensure it is good if we change and
stop sowing the wrong seeds.
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Where do I start? As we go down a path we often wonder why we are
not going in the direction we thought we would. I am sure there are
many answers to this question, but if you read my last posting you
know what our first reaction is - BLAME! We blame someone else for
our unintended path. I am not here to speak about blame though, so I
won't. So back on track. It is very difficult to be the "change
agent". What do I mean by "change agent". Imagine this; you are a
new employee, volunteer, student, etc. and you see things you do not
understand or agree with. But everyone around you seems to be
oblivious to these things you see. You ask a colleague "why is
that....." and you either get ignored or told "that is no big deal,
it is the way it is around here. Where does that leave you? IT
BETTER MAKE YOU THINK! IT BETTER MAKE YOU THINK! I say this twice
because you need to think about it. I know you have experienced it
sometime in your life. You see something that does not make sense
and you are brushed off. Will you ask again? Will you do something
about it? Do not fall into the trap and become like your
surroundings, CHANGE IT! Be a "change agent". Ask again and again
and again until you either understand why it is like this or it
changes. This is what I mean by "change agent". This is very
difficult to do. You fear for your job, your bonus, your career,
your everything. I understand this, but do not become a different
person because of your surroundings. Be you and change your
surroundings to what you think is RIGHT. So before I finish my
opening line I want to say something about LEADERSHIP. Great leaders
lead! Great leaders are prepared to do what they say and stand up
for what they believe is right, not popular. We need more great
leaders, so choose to be one. Now the rest of my opening line -
IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DIFFERENT, BE IT. SAYING IT AND NOT BEING IT