Tuesday, November 8, 2011
It's all about perception...
Brenda is featuring me in her spotlight today on her blog and is making me sound a whole lot better than I really am.
Not that I'm eager to disagree with her at this moment either.
I'm not even sure why she would hem and haw about asking me to be a part of her spotlight. It's amazing how the blogosphere does that and how other people seem so much bigger and more daunting than they probably are in real life.
I need to make a little confession here that I'm a little bit in awe of Brenda as well, please pardon our little mutual admiration club here for a moment. Brenda is after all a bona fide writer as opposed to this wanna-be writer. I guess we all have our amazing parts and I guess it's all about perception.
Perception is something we're dealing with on the project I'm working on at the moment. Perception is a really difficult thing because it doesn't matter what the reality or truth is if someone's perception is at odds with it.
We've got the results from our employee communication survey and the project team is currently thought to be hostile and aloof and a 'secret club'. The reality is - we're working our butts off with not enough time to do everything. Many of us are new to the corporate environment and are still finding our way, yet we're considered hostile and aloof. Try and smile at someone and they drop their heads and look away.
Another comment, we're always having lunches and morning teas and no-one else is invited. The reality is we order lunch in for the workshops that we're currently running because then people can work through lunch breaks to ensure we get the work done. The special monthly lunches - ahhhh well we all pay our own way, it's not company money being used.
It's all about perception though, which is an entirely individual thing. It shows you just how badly communication can go astray and people can get the wrong idea.
So any perception you have that I'm a super positive person and that I'm special and all the other amazing things that Brenda said about me, well that's your perception and far be it for me to try and change your mind.
If you're a regular around here, well thanks for being a part of my counselling team and keeping me sane and if you're new, well welcome and I hope you'll come back sometime.
Anybody who's ever gone through a hard time - any outsider's perception, no matter how much information they're given, they have no idea what the person's life is like. ~ Amy Grant
Posted by Fiona Biedermann