In his recent blog post, Our Power of Togetherness, Gary Burnison speaks to the power, joy and incredible need for togetherness in our life’s journey. He shares a story of his first trip internationally after three years of not meeting clients in person. He writes, “There is something about being physically together. The conversation invariably just seems to go in a different, deeper direction. Sometimes it’s completely unexpected—an outpouring that’s authentic, vulnerable, and healthy.” That personal connection, our “shared humanity” comes to life.
“Togetherness is not necessarily about a location,” Burnison says, “it’s all about intention. No matter where we are, no matter how we work, we need to rediscover the connection points that resonate.” This intentionality is demonstrated as an openness to others’ ideas and perspectives, a vulnerability to see the world differently by standing in someone’s shoes, a desire to discover a personal connection.
He counsels leaders, “As leaders, we’re the fulcrum of that balance: on one hand understanding people’s concerns and answering their questions, and on the other hand helping them to relate better to each other. The direction may change but the winds will always blow. And while we can’t control the storms—neither in life nor in leadership—togetherness is what adjusts our sails.”
In all that you do, say and act, may you bring greater depth, meaning and sail-adjusting to our “shared humanity”. May you remember the words of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, “The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better.”
Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!