Can We Co-exist?

Can We Co-exist In The Office, Roads ... In Life?

I'm on the edge of my seat watching the concluding episodes of Cordon - a Belgium drama being aired on SBS in Australia. We peer into peoples' lives in the fish bowl as they are cordoned off  due to a virus outbreak - required to co-exist with people - in particular, an office team living in their workplace.

On the radio this morning, John Faine #abc774 questioned if motorists and cyclists can co-exist on the roads? We were asked as listeners to consider if  it's our attitude and behaviour which is causing the 'dooring' deaths in our suburbs.

When people are forced to share the same space in a work environment (we generally don't get the chance to choose our work colleagues, let alone the team reporting to us) we survive or lead.

Survival is all about me! Focusing on what works for me and what the device in my hand tells me! We consider what's best for ourselves first before thinking or feeling for others.

Leading to co-exist is all about assessing, observing, reading and 'smelling' the culture & climate of the community and being the person which the people need and what the situation requires. 

Pushing peoples' panic button by urging them to do what is outside their personality comfort zone are potentially necessary for 'survival' (whether it's to live through an epidemic or arrive home safe from a bike-ride) however, it's your approach and attitude which will determine the outcome.

Yes we can co-exist and it does take an inordinate continuous effort and great leadership.

Do you practise like Katy?

Wow! I experienced an amazing orchestrated production last night. For one who isn't into live concerts, theatre and the ballet (and I’m still not) I was totally impressed with this show.

Katy Perry. Yep, the diva from California, USA. She deserves a sentence on her own!

I didn't know many of her songs and my daughter (7) knew just as many. However, along with a group of girlfriends and attached Mums, we were entertained for over two hours. And every second, minute and hour was organised beyond your imagination.

As I sip strong coffee and attempt to navigate this keyboard, thank heavens I can touch-type, I am still in awe of what the ‘crew’ pulled off.

When working with people who lack confidence in speaking publicly, they look to people who demand attention on stage, feeling overwhelmed that they could never achieve this status. Understandably, it’s always the first conversation about ‘who do you admire’ that identifies the people who put in the hard yards, the practise, the sweat and tears over the years to arrive at this level of confidence.

Katy practises. She practises every day. If you want an orchestrated production it will come. It takes practise.