There is a lot of talk of authenticity of late, but how real is it? Not all of it, that’s for sure and I have had such conversations with colleagues and clients, often laughing… If you need a guide to be authentic, a process, a methodology, you have lost the nature of it at inception.
It’s difficult to be honest at times in business but I see this “lockdown” situation as an opportunity to be more human… For example, here are some genuine situations I have faced in the last 20 days, some I have said, others I haven’t. I will leave you to guess which ones…
· “Sorry, that’s my children screaming in the background, can you give me a moment”
· “Wow, the frequency of your voice coming out of my Jabra speaker is resonating really nicely on that ride cymbal behind me”
· “I better wrap up this call now, I need to light the fire in the oven behind me so we can make bread ready for the morning”
· “I have a hard stop at 4:30, if I spend another 10 minutes in this basement, I think I’ll bite a chunk out of my arm”
I have opened up, and presented my whole self, not just my business self, it’s been so refreshing to hear people’s reactions. There has been a lot of, “Yes, I really need to go and help my husband also, he has had the children all day”…
We are all in the same boat currently, it should be supported and celebrated, not hidden under a layer of “everything is normal”. It’s not.
Genuinely wishing you all a happy and healthy weekend 🙂
Jake Maxwell, Commercial Manager, LiveTime Learning Ltd