How the world has changed in a couple of short years weeks!

Time has both compressed and stood still, don’t you think? The days are blurring together, yet our life of just a month ago seems like a distant memory. I refer to something that happened “last week,” then remember it was only yesterday.

My perspective on other things also seems to be off kilter. At times it seems like I have a laser-sharp focus on what is truly important — connecting with people despite social distancing; making sure we have provisions as we self-isolate in a house of seven; washing my hands — yet I also notice myself fixating on unimportant details (like wishing I could get my hair cut or my nail polish off) or forgetting momentarily that we can’t safely do certain things that we’re accustomed to doing (such as getting in a car with someone to grab milk when we are carefully keeping 6 feet apart). Continue reading “Perspective”

Background Noise

I’ve been thinking more than usual about background noise.

Some background noise needs to be created, like the fake ocean sounds in a baby’s nursery that help her go to sleep.

Some background noise needs to be moved from the background to the foreground of our attention so that we can consciously listen to it and actually appreciate it, like insects on a summer evening or construction noise that may seem like a nuisance but represents renovation and renewal. Continue reading “Background Noise”

Foreign Currency

How many types of currency are in your wallet at the moment? One? None?! I have three, because I’m travelling, and will likely have four a few days from now. I’m constantly doing price conversions in my head and wondering which currency is listed on menus and price tags.

Currency is how we express value.

What currencies are most highly valued in your work? In traditional for-profit businesses, the answer is usually money – maybe revenue or profitability or growth rates. Increasingly, you may also be adding social or planetary benefits to that equation. Continue reading “Foreign Currency”

How Decisions are Really Made

In the city where I live, there have long been calls for the creation of fenced, leash-free dog areas. I’ve been involved in facilitating a few of the meetings about them — over years, not months. The community engagement that went into planning these dog parks was extensive, and support for the initiative was robust.

The first one was installed last year, with at least one more about to be constructed. And now the local Council has voted to remove the one and cancel the rest, pending further study.

Why? Because some of the neighbours who live close to the new dog park are very unhappy.

So what happened? Continue reading “How Decisions are Really Made”

Physician, Heal Thyself

I am currently participating in board meetings of the International Association of Facilitators, in my new role as Regional Director for Canada. Seventeen of us have gathered for three days in Kuala Lumpur.

We’re right in the thick of things, but two insights I’ve gained so far:

  1. Even a bunch of facilitators can struggle with getting stuck in the weeds, and it happens predictably in the early afternoon. (But that’s a post for another day!)
  2. It is both hard and good for me to be a participant sometimes.

Continue reading “Physician, Heal Thyself”