Sometimes there is much to be learned from a very short story. Here is such an account. It was told by an impressive woman teaching a principle of great practicality.
“I left industry to take a senior position in the government and I felt a little insecure. In my first assignment, I was asked to go to a meeting and make input. I walked into the room. At the main table, every seat was filled by a man. The few women in the room sat in a circle around the outside. I was disoriented and I took a deep breath. I then picked up a chair from the outside circle and walked to the table. I motioned for two men to move and make space. I inserted the chair and sat down. For a moment, there was a sense of shock in the room. Then people seemed to shrug their shoulders and the meeting went on.”
- Why was she disoriented?
- Why did the deep breath matter?
- How might this story be important in your life?
- How could we use this passage to create a more positive organization?