Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/17/14

This week’s focus point: I’m on the European side of Istanbul staring across the Bosphorus at Asia from my balcony. In the last year we’ve been to China, Indonesia, and Turkey, among other places. We’ve found that people are so much more similar than dissimilar (aided more and more by ubiquitous iPhones, jeans, running shoes, common music, baseball caps, and English spoken all over). It’s useful in problem solving to search for distinctions, but not among people. We should look to bond and not label, to join and not exclude. An absolutely hysterical woman on Facebook, who asked to befriend me, screamed I was a “climate denier” when I suggested that a pipeline just might not ruin the planet. If another opinion automatically creates a labeled person or group, we’ll never reach consensus or agreement. I have enough faith in people to believe we can overcome that. After all, we really have no choice in the long run. I hope you agree but, if you don’t, let’s talk about it.

Monday Morning Perspective: The seed must get rotten before it germinates. — Ashanti proverb

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