26 October 2010
The conversation with a vendor was going to be an interesting one. While I had a general idea about what they did for us (not in my area), I was not really sure why we were talking. Given that there was nothing pressing in my diary, I decided to have the meeting with them.
As we started, the conversation naturally included talking about our respective backgrounds and perspectives. There was an eclectic mixture at the table – multiple places called home, companies, roles, educations, and cultures. The puzzle of what might be possible took shape as we began to explore future products and our gaps.
As I walked away from the meeting I realized I was full of hope. What had seemed impossible was now a glimmer in another’s eye. While I am not sure the solution they are proposing can work, it might. It was clear that the boundaries I had initially assigned reflected my fears and doubts. With the conversation, I could see something that was beyond my vision.
There are examples of others willing to step outside of the traditional limits. In an old story, a wisdom father added a footnote to his written greeting; “I include in my greeting all who call out to Jesus, wherever they live. He’s their Master as well as ours!” (1 Corinthians 1.2) He did not know who would respond and he was richer for it.
Yesterday began with no possible solutions to an idea. It ended with possibilities! The quest continues. My initial assumptions have changed. I start today imaging that any conversation could open up into more. The change is energizing! Why have artificial boundaries? Is there a benefit to limiting myself in my conversation with others? Wisdom can be found in places I never imagined. Solutions hide in the lives and capabilities of others.
Today is a day to see what others have to say. Candid, open dialogue will be important. It all starts with the idea that there are no limits to the sources of good ideas. Anyone may know what I do not.