Tuesday, June 24, 2008

G'won, get your label maker out!

I thought that I was going into a program that was about removing labels, or looking beyond them, but instead we have been all about bowing down to the label god (with a small "g") (and stay tuned because this isn't all bad.)

Today we talked about our gods/narratives, the ones that, as Postman put it, "give a sense of continuity and purpose" to our lives. Although we shared these out with only one other person, it made us aware that everyone has them and that we need to be aware of this and try to figure out others' gods so that we can better connect with them. So there's one label- your god(s). (FYI, my god is the god of community.)

Later in the day we put ourselves into groups based on the way we work- North (acting- product-oriented goal-setters), South (caring- support everyone), East (speculating- big idea, creativity, expressiveness), West (paying attention to detail- questions need to be answered before proceeding.) There's another label, but again, this label made us aware of the people in the other groups and forced us to think about how we can work with everyone. (FYI, I'm a North, but if you know me, you already knew that.)

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