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ABC Resolution: imperfection

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April 23 -  May 6
What if the perfect picture of you wasn’t perfect?

Imperfection, the hallmark of our humanity, gives us strength to explore what is different about ourselves. Without physical imperfection, we would not uncover our unique beauty. Without personality imperfection, we would not try to become better people. Without systematic imperfection, we would not strive to improve our existence. Without human imperfection, we would not evolve. Imperfection is not a weakness, rather the portent of our potential.

Imperfection is:
A ripple on a pool of stagnant water creating energy and flow; A lopsided grin on a smooth face exposing the brain behind the mask; A chip in a slab of granite connecting us to the earth whence it came; Air bubbles in blown glass, remnants of the breath that blew it into shape; Errors in a computer program reminding us that perfection is a man-made construct.

When we embrace imperfection, we find talent yet to be developed. By its very existence, imperfection tells us that we, our world and our universe, are all meant to be imperfect.

 resolve to:
celebrate flaws

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Acknowledging imperfection is most important when it causes us to question what about us is the same. We are constantly bombarded with the formulas for perfect, based on the supposition that imperfection is a lack of something in us. When all-the-same is the goal, we have to fill that void and correct any flaws to achieve this perfect oneness. Whether expressed directly or indirectly, the inducement not to question compels us to believe something is ‘wrong’ with us. Leaving us not with choices but a directive to fix something based on a false construct at the onset.

When we question and, if necessary, ignore the perfect imperative is when we can we start to engage in critical thinking and begin to determine our own destiny and happiness. More often than not, we discover our imperfections to be our best assets, the uniqueness that is our true strength. I encourage, entice and plead with you to celebrate flaws in yourself and others. Only then will we start to truly value, instead of disdain, our differences and accomplish what’s truly possible.

Professionalism – Part 1 of 3

C is for Congruence CONGRUENCE
What if you went to work knowing that you could really trust?

 

Here are the important questions you need to answer. Do you really want a professional project? Do you really want a professional or just someone to control the troops? Do you want someone to take and pass along orders from above or someone who can discern and take the best course of action? Do you want a job that goes according to plan or work that accomplishes the best outcomes? What is professionalism anyway? Continue reading

The Ketchup Conumdrum – Workplace Style

PluralismP is for Pluralism
What if you cooked up your work
as if it were a tossed salad?

Original Post: May 27, 2011
One size doesn’t fit all. I have said this so many times that I’m even getting tired of hearing it. So I am going to let some else say it – Malcolm Gladwell. Malcolm, in his book What the Dog Saw, has an essay entitled “The Ketchup Conundrum”. Buried within this story is a sub-story about Howard Moskowitz, Diet Pepsi and spaghetti sauce.

Howard Moskowitz, now a legend in his industry, is the owner of a food-testing and market-research company. In the seventies, while trying to find the perfect sweetness mix for his client Pepsi’s new Diet version, he noticed all the data from his testing research was wacky. There was no clear winner. As Malcolm writes it, Moskowitz had an epiphany. “They had been asking the wrong question. There was no such thing as the perfect Diet Pepsi. They should have been looking for the perfect Diet Pepsis.” Continue reading