Getting Started

IMG_5694How many times have I dreaded even the thought of getting started?

I have an old story about household repairs. It involves the image of a half-dozen trips to Home Depot. This image is not conducive to getting started.

I have an old story about relationship repairs. It involves the image of finding out I was wrong all along. This image is not conducive to getting started.

I have an old story about giving feedback to employees. It involves the image of tears, defensiveness and discomfort. This image is not conducive to getting started.

I have an old story about learning something new, something that is hard. It involves an image of frustration, impatience and incompetence. This image is not conducive to getting started.

How many times have I dreaded getting started only to re-discover that getting started is the beginning of getting there?


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.

Human. Resources.

“Human”

Merriam-Webster definition #3-b:  representative of or susceptible to the sympathies and frailties of human nature (human kindness; human weakness).

“Resources”

Merriam-Webster definition #1-c a natural feature or phenomenon that enhances the quality of human life; and #1-e a source of information or expertise.

“Human Resources”

Merriam-Webster definition #1: personnel.

What? Personnel?

How did we get from words like “sympathies” and “frailties” (read tenderness, vulnerability, transparency…as in the real human experience) and “phenomenon,” “quality of life” and “sources of information and expertise” to personnel, a scraped from the bottom of the barrel word that fails in every way to describe who we are and what we’re made of?

It is, regrettably, an accurate characterization of the state of the “modern,” and so often dehumanizing, organization.

Let’s do better than that. Here’s a new definition for your consideration:

Human Resources (plural noun): (1) those living, breathing, dynamic and creative persons who cherish nothing more than to come together in support of a cause worth fighting for; (2) Any number of individual persons who collaborate with dignity, respect, safety and in a spirit of service to breathe life into an enterprise that is worthy of their presence. 


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.

Field of Dreams

“Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: It comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur.”  – Henry Miller

A man hears a voice that tells him to plow under his corn and replace it with a baseball field.

He obeys.

The “ghost” players come to play and only those who believe can see the action.

Belief is a daring word, an “out on a limb” word. Vulnerability is its price tag. And you must decide if you’re willing to pay.

What do you believe in? What are you willing to pay?

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.

Take Cover

IMG_2115Moss is a simple plant that needs plenty of water and lots of shade. It mostly grows on the north side of trees and buildings in the northern hemisphere because it is hiding from the sun.

Sometimes you are a simple plant, hiding from the torchlight of your reality in hopes that it will pass you by.

Sometimes you are a complex, vascular being who grows boldly into the light in pursuit of bigger things.

Sometimes you take cover to hide from the things that scare you.

IMG_2113Sometimes you take cover to replenish and restore so that you can meet those very things with a new resolve.

The good work is to stay clear about the difference.