Ongoing Conversations

Here we are, about to close the curtain on another year. We’ve gotten a lot done this year. We’ve worked our butts off and accomplished good stuff and succeeded (mostly) and failed spectacularly. We, together, have dealt with disappointment, big wins, death, achievement and discomfort.

I say "together" because even though these blogs are rooted in business (again, mostly), they come from my heart and head in equal measures. I am talking to you and you are not faceless or amorphous. You are human and this is a conversation.

This year I’ve written about the importance of failure. That essay was pretty popular. I wrote about the fact that women in business situations are still, in 2016, being talked over and ignored. Surprisingly, that essay was not as popular.

I’ve written about words several times. I love words and I make no apologies for that. Words are frosting and they are rapier sharp. They can also be the glue that hold people together or the route of their destruction. They make us feel loved, valued and uncomfortable, sometimes all at the same time. Ahhh, words.

One of my most well received essays this year was about being “unboxable.” It’s about rejecting the labels we, or others, place on us and interacting with each other as humans in the moment and not a label of a human. In that vein, we also did an entire series on the multi-generational workplace. All good, meaty and entertaining stuff, if I do say so myself.

And yet, we’re not done, you and I.

Not by a long shot.

As 2016 closes, we need to make a point to keep having conversations, keep communicating. Have conversations with people who have different points of view, conversations with people we don't like or don't get along with and conversations we don’t want to have concerning things we’re uncomfortable talking about. We need them all.

These are the most important conversations. We cannot change the world without first having a conversation. So let’s do that, you and I. Let’s keep learning and talking and finding a better way. We only need to have a conversation.

LB Adams is the Founder of Practical Dramatics headquartered in Charleston, SC.  Her company uses theater strategies to help humans grow more profitable conversations with other humans.