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Monday, June 12, 2017

Just Paths of Learning, Leading, and Service

How do we create just paths of leading, learning, and service? What do those paths look like?

Just paths of leading, learning, and service generally are transparent paths. Information is forthcoming with lead time and inclusion--no one is left out and open debate is welcome. All embrace the belief that when all perspectives are entertained, discussed, and debated, good decisions rise to the top. Recently I worked with a team where we discussed a somewhat small issue. A decision was made, a decision that has since been questioned. We will probably have to return to the table to discuss the issue at a later date with greater depth. In the meantime, people at the table are doing their research, reading related documents, and inquiring about this situation as there is a lot to learn as the issue is further discussed and debated.

It's integral that paths of leading, learning, and service are accessible to all. When some are distanced from the leading, learning, and service, the paths are likely not as just as when everyone has the chance to get involved. How can we make our leading, learning, and service accessible to all?

To lead, learn, and serve justly, we have to well understand the laws, research, and information that relates to the work we do on our own and with others. In this information age, this is often a big task--a task that profits from collaborative strategic process where we use our time and energy well to learn as much as we can about the issues at hand.

Open Minds
We have to bring open minds to our work and service in order to promote just paths. We can't let past prejudice, experiences, and reputations hinder our good work. Instead we have to have open minds, minds open to change, new perceptions and perspectives, and opportunity. We have to look at people, places, and events with new eyes to see what might be rather than what has been.

Just paths require humility. Even with our best efforts and collaboration, we will make mistakes. Acknowledging that upfront humanizes the efforts we take part in and helps us to be more caring and respectful to one another as we forward these good paths.

We can't fear asking questions, and we have to ask those questions with respect, clarity, and care. Questioning is essential to just paths.

What else would you add to this list of elements related to just paths of learning, leading, and service. I want to know.