Authentic Dialogue

When I am talking with someone and I don’t understand or know the term/idea they are using, I say so!  Yes, there is some feeling of vulnerability.  However, the honest communication will lead to a more authentic relationship which hopefully translates into a more productive and enriching exchange.

Living in “the fake” will wear you out.  If you don’t know or understand, say so!

-- the truth will set you free!

Gut Alignment

Ok, so back to this coffee pot.  It is just too nice to give up on it.  So after another read of the manual and not learning anything from that, I looked at the coffee pot.  I tried to leave my preconceived notions of how it should work behind.

After some study of how I thought the filter should go in and how it sort of worked, I tried something different.  I noticed a “trough” of sorts at the bottom of the basket.  This time, I rotated the filter 90°.  That made all the difference in the world.  The filter now fits snugly into the basket and all is right with the world.

So, when I let the coffee pot reveal itself to me I gained insight and now there is a symbiotic relationship!

In our relationships and work environments it is important to try and understand the motivations of our employees, employers and customers.

For instance, reflect on what is important in life to you, your values.  Then consider the goals of your employer.  If there isn’t some alignment it is likely that you won’t be happy there.