I have recently had the privilege of working closely with 2 men, quite different in background, but both intelligent and thoughtful. That contract is about to end, and I will be sad to lose the almost daily interaction with them. One in his 30’s the other in his 60’s and both with a sense of humour that has made some difficult work a pleasure.
Elsewhere I have been observing 4 people, each with the same title in 4 companies in a larger group of companies. How different they are, one thoughtful and able to articulate his business clearly, one who knows all the buzz words but never gets to implementing the substance behind the buzz word, one who balances between common sense and the emotional approach, and the last one who really should have a different title and job, so involved in technology that there seems no space for any other ideas.
How amazing it is to realise just how different each person is, unique in their background, experiences, education and personality.
There are times when I want to find a quiet spot and scream, and other times when I just have to sit quietly ‘shuffling’ each one in my head, wondering what combination of circumstances, education and personality make them so different.
Those are the times I realise how fortunate I am to be able to observe each in turn.