A Week of Thanks: Day 2

I am thankful for my work.

My day job allows me to interact with thoughtful professionals – leaders and team members – who are curious, energetic and determined. They are people who want to do good work for a cause they believe in. They want to learn and grow, challenging themselves to get better in the ways it is hardest to get better: self-awareness, emotional agility, relationships and working with the dynamics of change.

My side gig allows me to interact with undergraduates on the state university campus near my home. For the most part they demonstrate curiosity, energy and determination. They are people from diverse circumstances with all of the challenges you can imagine who have decided to make their education a priority. They want to learn and grow and I am privileged to facilitate and witness some of their discovery.

I bring the lessons and experiences from my day job into the classroom of my side gig. I bring the questions and revelations from my side gig into my discernment about how to be more effective in my day job.

Independently, each is a gift of challenge and growth. Together, they provide a dynamic interplay of realism, idealism, theory and practice. I am a better person and professional for the opportunity to play in these environments. I don’t take it for granted. I am determined to keep learning so I can serve them well and I will continue to relish the ways they are making me a better human.

I am thankful for my work.


DAVID BERRY is the author of “A More Daring Life: Finding Voice at the Crossroads of Change” and the founder of RULE13 Learning. He speaks and writes about the complexity of leading in a changing world. Connect with him on Twitter at @berrydavid.

Playing My Part

As a professor, consultant and coach I am expected to be an expert. It’s a mantle I wear far too easily on many days. What are they paying me for, after all?

The great tension in my work then – the tension that I work to resolve in each and every encounter – is to hold my expertise lightly so that I can be of greater service to other’s learning.

I can play “The Professor” – tirelessly spouting my lessons – or I can be a teacher, asking good questions, challenging assumptions and helping to reveal unexpected insights, the kind that will last.

I can play “The Consultant” – sharing hard-won ideas about what to do next – or I can facilitate discussions about what’s actually going on around here as a means to inspire ownership of new possibilities.

I can play “The Coach” – shouting instructions from the sidelines – or I can listen carefully and reflect back both the struggle and the wisdom that exists in every single one of my clients.

When I hold it tightly, it’s about me. When I hold it lightly, it’s about them.

“Lightly, child lightly. Learn to hold everything lightly.”
– Aldous Huxley –


DAVID BERRY is the author of “A More Daring Life: Finding Voice at the Crossroads of Change” and the founder of RULE13 Learning. He speaks and writes about the complexity of leading in a changing world. Connect with him on Twitter at @berrydavid.

 

 

Repair or Replace?

Repair when most of what’s there is working as it should.

Replace when most of what’s there is not.

It’s expensive – time and money – to get this wrong if the subject is a home repair.

It’s expensive – time, money, morale, productivity, loyalty – to get this wrong if the subject is a team member.

There’s a time to support, develop and coach. And there’s a time to move on. A leader’s value is determined by his ability to know the difference.


DAVID BERRY is the author of “A More Daring Life: Finding Voice at the Crossroads of Change” and the founder of RULE13 Learning. He speaks and writes about the complexity of leading in a changing world.