Life is All About the Grey … But Does That Apply to Character?

As I get older I see more grey.  Ya, ya, ya … the hair jokes .. I get it.  Nice!

What I’m talking about are my observations that we don’t live in a binary world of ‘Yes or No’ , ‘Black or White’.  We just don’t typically live in “All or Nothing” scenarios.  Our world is a series of sliding position points along a continuum.   It isn’t static, measured once and labeled.  It is a complex, multi-dimensional, constantly evolving space.

Need proof?  OK.  Some examples that are right off the top of my head include:

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    Practice MAY make perfect

    Musical ability

  • Physical aptitude in sports
  • Cooking prowess
  • Home repair abilities
  • Computer use
  • Essay writing

The point being, we have some ability or knowledge in lots of areas — some are just more developed than others.  And in many cases increased practice results in improvement.

So our world is a patchwork of grey!  Different shades of ‘greyness’ which indicate our varying abilities.

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SOGI – Building Understanding, Acceptance and a Sense of Belonging

I Remember the Day my Best Friend ‘came out’ to Me

I think it was in 1985 — I can’t be sure though — it was a really long time ago.  We had been friends for quite awhile — since high school.  I had been to his home many times and he to mine.  We traveled on high school trips together.  We played Friday night pick-up hockey at 11:30 pm.  I had been to his family ranch outside of Calgary a number of times.  We did lots of stuff together.  Great friendship.

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Transparency – The Right Stuff

I believe in it — transparency.  I believe that it should be the cornerstone in any leader’s foundation.  Transparency leads to consistency which leads to increasing trust from those in your organization.  And to be an effective leader one needs to have the trust of those whom they hope to lead.

Leaders who are not transparent aren’t the kind of people we should be following.  We can all probably think of people in leadership positions who change their words and actions depending on who they are speaking with at any particular moment.  You never really know what they believe and as a result you lose faith in them, trust in them and belief in them to work with you to move an agenda forward.  You likely give up at some point and strike out on your own with feelings of disillusionment and frustration.  Continue reading