Transformation is a subject close to my heart. In the quietness of the dawn, reflections reminds one that change is a part of life. From aging to new ideas, from fashion to what we like to do, life rarely stays the same. In the middle of the various types of changes going on, there is intentional change with a goal in mind. This is, for me, transformation.
In my life, transformation is everywhere. We are transforming the way we do business. We are transforming our employee mix. We are transforming ourselves.
As I consider what is underway, there are connections between areas of transformation in my life. Each transformation has a goal and at least one person with intent. Ideally there is a community that is shaping a transformation. Shared goals, ideas, and effort open up the potential for something that is bigger than anyone can imagine!
The diversity of the individuals and their perspectives can strengthen the team or tear it apart. Knowing how to deal with viewpoints is important, especially ones that speak to both sides of a potential decision. In one community, there was a question of relationships. A wisdom father offered his view; “She will, of course, want to marry a believer and have the blessing of the Master. By now you know that I think she’ll be better off staying single. The Master, in my opinion, thinks so, too.” (1 Corinthians 7.40) What people did with this view determined how the community continued to work together.
I find that there are two recurring reminders I need to carry with me. First, difference is rarely a bad thing. Having more allows one to choose what best fits the intent. Diversity can strengthen. Multiple options can be viable while staying true to goal.
Second, listening with the intent of learning (dialogue) is helpful is one is trying to see more. Is the goal to follow an explicit set of steps or achieve an outcome? One is all knowing the other embraces freedom.
One is never all knowing. Life is about others and more.