The last few days have been filled with ideas, presentations, discussions, and reviews. As I reflect on the process and outcomes, I realize that I am surprised and challenged. There were several developments and new ideas. Individuals I did not think would be engaged were. Others that have not come up with ideas for some time did. Key players that could contribute were in the game.
This is the sweet spot of working with a team in business. The challenges never go away, they evolve and morph in ways that are always changing. The uncertainty of it all is a constant. The need to see more than you can mandatory. The sweet spot comes with individuals with differing views and skills work as a team. It may only last for brief period, but it is amazing when it happens.
As I look at this community, I realize there are several themes that are constants when one is in a sweet spot. They include the following.
Not everyone does everything. Those with access act. Others with time contribute. By being present, new ideas are born. It is a model buried in stories across history. When Paul has important information, he used others to take action. “Paul called over one of the centurions and said, ‘Take this young man to the captain. He has something important to tell him.’” (Acts 23.17) Exercising this approach takes courage.
Listening is more important than speaking. One can share, however it is in the listening that hope is realized. It is in listening that trust is allowed to grow.
Solutions rarely come from a single source. Great ideas are the combination of springs.
I have no illusions about the future. There are going to be tough moments ahead. I am sure that bad things will happen no matter how honorable our intentions are. In this reality, I also sense the presence of hope. It is growing stronger, more resilient.
There is hope in this emerging community. It is the outcome when people bring good intentions, listening, and a willingness to work together.