A few years ago, I wrote two blogs during the month of March. The first was entitled, “How will you SURPRISE yourself this SPRING?” https://careermanagementcoaching.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/how-will-you-surprise-yourself-this-spring/? and the second was entitled, “What’s Your 2016 Spring Surprise?” https://careermanagementcoaching.me/2016/03/20/whats-your-2016-spring-surprise/ An anagram for the words Spring Day was included in each Blog. Today, I want to share with you another anagram for the words Spring Day as you Choose Who YOU Want to be Known As.
Pain often leads a conversation
Over six months ago, our city was mourning the loss of a young man who was shot while walking down a street. After a video of the shooting was released, citizens vehemently blamed people they believed were personally responsible for the death. Anger and bewilderment followed in our neighborhoods and across social media. The personal anguish of citizens was felt, recognized and acknowledged resulting in municipal and federal investigations beginning the work to respond to the demands understanding the Why of what happened. The citizen focus over the past few months appeared to be quiet and perhaps blurred. When people are in mourning, learning how to deal with the pain is not an easy road to go down. Pain leads the conversation.
I am writing this blog post because of two separate instances that happened this week. The first occurred shortly after I arrived back in the City from a business trip. I spoke to a man and asked a follow-up question of why downtown streets were closed due to police protection. He was surprised I knew about what happened since I was away, and then responded that a construction crew accidentally hit an energy mainline. Responding to his surprise, I said, “I’m signed up with the city to receive weather and other alerts.” His perception: “That’s because you are So and So.” The conversation remained friendly and the man understood from me that all citizens were able to receive the same alerts.
The second instance was my learning that the US Justice Department would hold a meeting where citizens would have an opportunity to raise their concerns about interaction with the police department – an outgrowth of the investigation that began six months ago. I listened to this news shortly before 6:00am. The next day the Illinois Progress website announced only 30 people attended the first Justice Department forum. http://www.illinoisprogress.org.
Following up on issues that are important to you is not easy when you are in pain and mourning. If I had not listened to the news early in the morning, I would not have known about the US Justice forum that evening. The business of municipal and federal agencies is for the common good – so for those who would like to attend a future forum, here is the listing, again from Illinois Progress: http://progressillinois.com/news/content/2016/06/15/us-justice-department-hold-public-forums-chicago-police-department-probe.
As you Choose Who You Want to be Known As this week, consider reaching out to someone who would benefit and want to know about these future forums. Thank you and have a great week!
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive and Career Management Coaching
It’s in the news recently, the term Bystander Effect or Bystander Action. It’s the principle – when in a group of people, personal responsibility to assist/help someone is mostly not recognized. Last week on March 30th, the following post was published on Linkedin.com/Pulse on this subject: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/its-catching-now-understanding-jo-ann-m-radja
The issues of Bystander Actions are present in our society at all levels. Vice President Joe Biden has been involved in a Bystander action prevention program to discourage violence on college campuses and is planning to visit Pittsburg, PA today: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2016/04/05/Vice-President-Joe-Biden-in-Pittsburgh-today-for-It-s-On-Us-campaign/stories/201604050156 and the photo, to the left, is from the website: www.lookfordiagnosis.com/mesh_info.php?term=Bystander+Effect&lang=1
Since WordPress.com represents the spirit of collegiality, I would like to share with you my September, 2015 presentation notes on Bystander Actors in the workplace. It was prepared for a specific industry and is easily updated to fit any industry. Included within the presentation are insights of Professor Mary Rowe from MIT, Senior Advisor – Compliance Strategist and Attorney, Joe Murphy, and Margaret Heffernan, Author of: Why We Ignore the Obvious to Our Peril, Willful Blindness.
As you Choose Who You Want to be Known As, have a great work week!
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive and Career Management Coach