I met someone new, just for a few moments, on Tuesday.
Him: “Wouldn’t it be better if our teams walked over to talk to each other now and again !?”
Me: “You and I are going to get on!”
I don’t properly beam very often.
We met at greater length on Thursday.
We speed talked, finished each others sentences and laughed a lot. We disagreed on a few things, but agreed on many more. We despaired of the pettiness we encounter in corporate life, and of how cowardice + spurious technology + the misuse of hierarchy = unnecessary conflict.
He pointed out how much more difficult it is to dislike someone that you’ve actually met. The meeting paused while I wrote that down.
Getting better and better at what we do is a whole lot easier when we face facts, connect and collaborate. I’ve offered a pair of shoes to whoever in my team gets out there and does this most persistently and fearlessly (not the same as recklessly), doubtless making some new friends along the way.