Boards Are Not Wood: 365ideas4change Number 68

Somehow, many directors seem to have translated not behaving in one’s self-interest into not behaving as a human being. Honesty is seen as threatening. Vulnerability interpreted as weakness. Emotion is deemed to be lacking control. Desire to understand better elicits questions of ignorance. Bad days become bad people.

Being a director is challenging, but how have we benefited from cutting ourselves and our colleagues off from permission to be human? Maybe there could be a “Hug a Director Day” – followed of course by all disclaimers and caveats about avoiding anything that could be construed by anyone as harassment, keeping respect, maintaining boundaries, not engaging in inappropriate workplace behaviour and ensuring independence!

Maybe it should just be Hug Myself Day.


About Julie Courtnage

With training in environmental science, I facilitate 'naked conversations' about sustainable wellbeing. Using facilitation techniques, systems thinking, art, music, writing, movement and photography, we explore the active creation of our uniqueness - personal and collective, as individuals, organisations and society - and our relationships with others, with sustainable wellbeing, and with genuine happiness. This journey of creation is a journey of Love. And fun.
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