It’s always personal …

November 13, 2013

So my plan to write more has become somewhat of a quarterly endeavor as opposed to a more frequent schedule such as monthly or dare I say weekly … I think I’ve been waiting for that “great post” to pop into my head and be inspired and once again through the wonderful words of Matt Cheuvront I am reminded to just write.

In Matt’s The Hustle newsletter he writes:

“And for a while, writing didn’t feel right. I didn’t have anything to say – or at least, not anything that I thought was worth your time. That’s because I was over-thinking things – a lot. When you start to force writing – when it becomes a chore, not a joy, the best thing you can do is to press pause and ask, “why?”

Funny, that’s exactly how I’ve been feeling lately. Feeling like I should write but not knowing about what. Or thinking I need to edit the post to perfection and carefully craft my words. So I did hit the pause button probably by default of having a dynamo of a 2-year old running around. But here I am; trying to crack this writing thing again – because it feels good. I am also inspired by Doug Shaw’s impressive ability to pack a punch in a brief post that keeps you thinking. So here we go!

The past few months have had their ups and downs. I’m going through a journey of self discovery and learning more about the nature of our experience of this thing we call life and “reality” to be more specific. Stumbling upon the work of the Three Principles (no, it’s not a cult) and uncovering the concepts behind our thoughts has got me “thinking” a lot.

How many times have we heard the phrase “it’s not personal, it’s just business”; but what hides behind that phrase are things such as deceit, manipulation, bullying, harassment, discrimination, and a multitude of other abhorrent workplace practices that have somehow become the norm in corporate environments. Honesty somehow becomes a rare currency. At a time when organizations look at their booming revenues and balance sheets yet decide to downsize because that’ll put more profit back into their coffers, pardon me if I don’t buy the “it’s not personal, it’s just business” excuse.

A kindred soul I met on my career path once said “When good people meet a bad system, the bad system almost always wins” and I believe he’s right. Organizations espouse values such as integrity and courage; yet when gullible kindhearted employees believe in these values and decide to stand up for what’s right they almost always end up paying the price.

So, it’s always personal. We are but human. We all have dreams to fulfill and lives to impact and for those organizations that think they can dehumanize the workplace under a “it’s just business” banner then that’s just a sign of the coming times. I dream of a human workplace; where trust, integrity, compassion, honesty to name a few are not mere words but everyday acts practiced authentically.

It’s never just business. It’s always personal.

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Doug Shaw November 13, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Hi Shereen

This is a lovely post, and thank you for the namecheck. Yes it’s personal, yes it’s about connections. I recall you being the one who put me in touch with Matt Cheuvront and I’m pleased to see him inspire you here. And I fondly remember the time you kindly came along to our ‘Is Bad Behaviour Killing Big Business?’ session with your husband en route to Edinburgh. Thank you for writing this – I look forward to more. No rush.

Love – Doug


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