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#9 The Long View

#9 The Long View

On My Mind

We had our first Job Portraits virtual retreat on Friday. In the past, our full-time team has come together in the summer to reconnect as people and reflect on where we want to go as a business. Moving online meant we had less time together (I find Zoom attention spans max out at three hours) but also that we could afford to invite our entire team.

We had a meal together; we toured people's houses; we reflected on the qualities we most admire and want to embody. It was great. But the most interesting thing happened in the last ten minutes. We usually close our weekly check-in calls with everyone saying something they're grateful for. Jackson suggested a small tweak for the retreat: to have everyone share what they are grateful for from the last year. As a facilitator, I'm fascinated by how the tiniest shift in how we ask a question can fundamentally change the results. I suggest you try answering for yourself and notice what happens.

I heard about Hope, Through History when it was plugged on Brené Brown's podcast, and just listening to the trailer almost brought me to tears. According to the show page: "HTH explores some of the most historic and trying times in American History, and how this nation dealt with these moments, the impact of these moments and how we came through these moments a unified nation."

So far I've listened to the first two episodes, about FDR during the Great Depression and Churchill during WWII. Both episodes highlight qualities the two leaders shared: they never sugar-coated how incredibly dire the situation was while simultaneously never losing hope or compromising their principles (even as they compromised hundreds of times on small things in order to serve the greater good).

A Tarot Card

In the Thoth deck, The Aeon card points to good judgement that comes from taking the long view and attempting to see the whole of a situation. It is also the only card that "incorporates the integration of the personal and professional," according to The Tarot Handbook. Of the many evolutions being called for today, rethinking our relationship to work is a key shift. To do so successfully, The Aeon suggests we must consider "longevity, history, and broad perspectives."

A Question

What are you grateful for from the last year?

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