On the court

Johnnie Moore

Johnnie Moore

I’m Johnnie Moore, and I help people work better together

Evelyn is channeling Lisa Haneberg. Actually she isn’t, she’s just passing on an email. But it’s an amusing thought.

Anway, here’s Lisa’s little nugget.

There are 2 types of conversations – One the Court and In the Stands.Think of a basketball court. There are players and spectators.

On the court conversations are aimed at making a difference. They are active. When we speak on the court we are players. [The example listed a conversation that encouraged a plan for brainstorming. Operative word: let’s plan together, let’s do something, here’s a suggestion I’m willing to help with. Not just whining.]

In the stands conversations are water cooler conversations. They are directed out there. Example: Until this company changes their ways and stops treating people like disposable resources, they will continue to lose great folks.

Of course, this observation is itself an In The Stands conversation, but hey, no-one promised life would be simple. And the basic idea makes lots of sense to me… and I’m one of those refective, procastinating types. At another level, reflection and action can’t be clinically separated. I said something moderately interesting on this a while back.

So instead of dividing into two camps.. the mesomorphs who celebrate action, and ectomorphs deifying thought/conversation, we may not be as divided as we think. And then the focus shifts from talk as opposed to action to looking at the quality of our actions and conversations.

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