I was thinking about opinions the other day as I was watching some political commentator explain the latest flap that gets an undue amount of attention in my mind. Both political perspectives were hammering away, certain of the moral clarity of their perspective and equally certain of the evil intent of the opposing perspective. Does anyone’s perspective really occupy the moral high ground? It must look that way to many people, but I think it falls into the negative activity of judging. I am reminded of a Bible passage often quoted by Abraham Lincoln’s – Judge not that ye be not judged – Matthew 7:1 if you are so inclined to look it up. When we disagree, why are we so inclined to judge? This line of thinking had me reflecting on an enlightening exercise we engaged in during our Ethics class.
Andrea Giampetro-Meyer, Professor of Law & Social Responsibility in the Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J., School of Business and Management, asked our cohort to personally define diversity. One by one, we offered our perspective on what this meant to us. In the end, no two definitions matched or were easily reconciled. We had strong feelings, but no consensus and certainly no agreed definition. We did have something else – of greater value. We had trust and from that trust we were capable of disagreeing without judging. A colleague of mine likes to remind anyone who makes the mistake of asking if it is o.k. to be honest. He points out the difference between honesty and candor.
Do you get that in your daily business life? Have you fostered an environment where you can handle emotionally charged topics with candor? If not, come see your business with a clarity never experienced before at Loyola.