The new associate joined a month back. Given the reputation, there was a natural set of conclusions that could be drawn. Not only was he a subject matter expert in his field, he understood the details nuances of every aspect of banking. As I look back, it is easy to s that my expectations were misplaced. I do not know anyone that has this suite of capabilities! It is unrealistic to expect that this was the exception.
In the course of the last two weeks a series of emails and updates created a base of confusion. How could we make progress if we were not working together? What was the obstacle to a collaborative approach? What was I missing?
It turns out that I was in fact missing something. In reality, I was missing several points! My presumptions had blocked my view leaving me unable to see the bigger picture for the details. I thought I was seeing things accurately.
The reminder has resurfaced an old piece of wisdom. God and life have a way of revealing the truth. Time is often a close friend, so patience and a sense of questioning is someone truly wise, truly educated, truly intelligent in this day and age? Hasn’t God exposed it all as pretentious nonsense?” (1 Corinthians 1.20)
When one is patient good things follow. Truth is revealed. Messages are delivered without bias or emotion. Facts emerge. In my case, the motives and intent of those involved are honorable. Actions were taken without full information. One can fight in response or choose to be a part of the solution by filling in the missing pieces.
If one does not have the facts, asking curious questions is the beginning. As obvious as something might be, it often is not. Asking instead of presuming one knows is a good start. Leaving emotions and bias outside creates an atmosphere where dialogue is possible.
I started yesterday with the intent of exposing the shortfalls of others. In the end, I only found shortfalls with my sight. We hold an invitation to help.