…that could change the world!
Instead of that archaic and backward business conversation starter, “What do you do?,” can I propose a new, different question? Why couldn’t we ask: “Who are you?”
This is another volume, a different perspective, on the piece I posted a few weeks ago:
For the New Year: Be Yourself, Upset the Experts In that piece, I suggested that “we crave connectedness but we settle for transactions.”
This different perspective comes out of two influences: 1) my experience attending an Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) workshop over the weekend. (In the hallway of a hotel banquet area, we did our best to network; we were all forced into the “elevator speech.”)
The second influence is driven by Meg Wheatley’s book turning to one another: simple conversations to restore hope to the future.
So, when you meet me, do me a favor: don’t ask me that worn-out, generations old and hackneyed starter “what do you do?,” ask me “Who are you?” Don’t be surprised if I smile.
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