CTBLN Board member Mark Soycher of CBIA introduced the attendees at our Best Practices and Brew to a thought provoking exercise. What are six words you can use to describe your commitment to your work, your goals and your mission?
We have reached the month of February and human nature being what it is many of us have already lost the momentum of our New Year’s resolutions. How many of you have stopped going to the gym, given up on the diet which would help you lose that extra 10 lbs. or let go of any other of your resolutions as you are overtaken by the pressures of daily life?
At CTBLN, we are committed to changing lives through disseminating best practices for recruiting, hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities in the workplace. Read the legend below and think about your “Six Words”: the Six Words which will re-kindle the spark of your commitment.
“Legend has it that the great novelist Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a “short” novel, in six words or less. The result: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
Whether it was actually Hemingway’s work or not, the story has spawned similar efforts, including Six-Word Memoirs, a multi-volume collection published by Smith Magazine; and The Race Card Project, started in 2010 by noted journalist Michele Norris that has generated an ongoing conversation about race, so much in the public consciousness today.”
We’d like to start our own six word conversation within the CT BLN community. Who are we? How do we view ourselves as individuals, employers, employees? As a profession? On and off the job? In our homes, communities, and workplaces?
We share many common personal traits, working conditions, and job responsibilities. Then again, no two individuals or workplaces are identical.
While we don’t presume to have the gravitas of Hemingway or the journalistic depth of Norris, we have rich experiences to draw on. Our work brings us face to face with hopes and dreams (ours and those of the people we employ), great satisfaction, frustration, success, failure, anger, fear, sadness, and fun. And that’s likely just in the first few hours of each day on the job.
Think about yourself, your profession, and your workplace, and put your thoughts into a six word sentence, or many examples if you wish.
To get the juices flowing, but certainly not to limit or steer your thoughts, here are some examples:
- If work is fun, still work?
- Open door, open ears, closed mouth.
- Employee advocate, management shill, ground chuck.
- Weak legs, strong heart, no limits.
- Minor shift, minimal cost, no limits.
- High wall, whose wall is it?
- Same team, different stripes, human race.
- Sometimes frustrating conversations with stubborn staff.
Here are some great Six Word quotes from the Best Practices and Brew Attendees:
- Opportunities needed, doors open, people achieve.
- I got this no matter what.
- Great communities, great employees, successful businesses.
- We rock, can’t stop, watch out.
- We never stop until the top.
And for those who have had a hard day, a quote from a George Thorogood song by one of our Best Practices and Brew Attendees:
- One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
Share your six words with us on our Employer Blog at www.ctbln.com/blogs, on the Connecticut Business Leadership LinkedIn page or on Twitter @CTBLN. You can even send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to being uplifted, inspired and even entertained.