I was talking a few days ago with some friends about people’s difficulty of adapting to current technological complexities. The question that arose during the discussion was – What do we do: do we stop development for the sake of social harmony or do we continue?
One of my favorite subjects as a pupil was Math. Ever since I was a child I loved a good problem to solve and writing them on the chalkboard was something I really enjoyed. From time to time something very funny happened: I would see in my head the entire demonstration before going to the chalkboard, only to stumble halfway while I was writing it. Each time it occurred my teacher would come to me, gently grab my shoulders and slowly drag me backwards away from the chalkboard. Needless to say, every time he did that, I found a way to finish the demonstration and solve the problem.
It’s funny how a conversation or a music lyric can trigger us to self-reflect. I recently saw Winter’s Bone, one of the early Jennifer Lawrence movies, and I just can’t get out of my head the last line in the movie. Having a conversation with her younger brother and sister, a 17 year old adolescent ends the movie saying this: [I won’t go anywhere] I’d be lost without the weight of you two on my back. Such a fascinating metaphor!
For as long as I can remember I have been a very curious person, with a lot of questions: Why is this or that happening? Why am I here? What’s my purpose on this planet? What are the underlying reasons that make us behave in certain ways? What can I learn from everything I experience? How do things work? How can I best solve the situations I confront? and so on…
I am a huge fan of observing the common underlying principles in different settings. After experiencing an amazing adventure on the Camino de Santiago in the Summer of 2019, I started thinking about what made it so great and what can be replicated in a work environment.