So a couple weeks ago I was sitting in a department staff meeting, and someone was proposing an idea, when all of a sudden I had a great epiphany - My experience working full-time may just have squelched my willingness to collaborate. Sad, I know! I would like to say that I am a creative person. I like to find solutions and have fun doing it. But lately I walk into staff meetings and have only defensive thoughts, and don't really want to speak because potentially someone might take my comment and turn it on me in a way I didn't imagine or imply that I need new responsibilities when I am swamped. I think it may even cause me to write ridiculously long, run-on sentences.
In any case, I was quite flattered when my brother Matt said that this video about Intelligent Naivety, narrated by a British businessman, reminded him of me. The title may be a little deceiving, though I would agree that I am rather naive on many a subject. Beyond the title, I think I do have a little of this gift, to walk into situations and provide a new perspective and creative solution. Now I just need to find a job that rewards this quality and makes work fun too!