Some of you have reached out to both Chris and I through email and social media about our recent post. Chris and I have been writing together on this blog for over four years and it has been a labor of love. While Chris is moving on from cultureinfusion I am going to try and keep the gas pedal down. But, it won’t be without some changes. We try to keep the topic about workplace culture and that will continue. You will also start seeing some personal growth and development topics thrown in. Additionally, I will be looking to increase the number of guests posts to bring fresh perspectives. (Hint hint, email me and let me know if you are interested!) There is one other surprise that for now will remain a surprise. That is to say I am not sure how committed I am to the idea, but stay tuned. Thank you again for your support these last four years. I look forward to the road ahead for both Chris and I. Now, on to this week’s post:

How are you? In our culture this is a question asked every day, many times per day. The answer is usually something like, “good, and you?” People’s immediate emotional state tend to dictate the response. If you asked that question about a company, they couldn’t respond in the same way. How is the company doing? If you asked a customer how the company is, personal experience would dictate the response. If you asked Wall Street how the company is, financial reports would dictate the response. The response in either case has nothing to do with the immediate emotions of the employees or the management team. How you are as an individual is usually based upon current emotion while how you are as a company is always based upon the balance sheet. How can we get a more accurate answer to the question ‘how are you’, one that reflects how you really are doing, like on a balance sheet, versus how you feel you are doing from moment to moment.

A friend the other day was trying to explain the reasons for redundant instrumentation on an airplane. I work in technology so from a systems perspective, I understand redundancy. Technology fails and unless you have redundant systems you will not be running until you get it repaired or replaced. He agreed but also mentioned something about spacial disorientation. In low visibility, when flying circumstances are less than perfect, a pilot can feel like they are gaining altitude when they are actually not. They can also feel like they are flying upside down when they are actually not. Unless they have some kind of reference point, they start to correct their flight based upon this feeling. This is when catastrophe can occur. If your brain processes more than one indicator, or reference point, contradicting your feelings, you are more likely to believe that indicator. This is a secondary reason for redundant instruments in an airplane.

Let’s go back to our question of how are you. The next question is, “In reference to what?” How are you in reference to how you feel you are or how are you in reference to how you are actually doing in life. Well, how do we know how we are doing in life? I am glad you asked! This is where the life balance sheet comes in. In next week’s post, I am going to talk about this balance sheet. Tools like this can help us gain some perspective and provide data to back up the answer to the question of how are you! If you think you know how you really are, that is great, then its time for you to help others discover how they really are!

  • ACTION STEPS: Start thinking about what indicators you have in your life that can help you answer the question how are you!

As cultureinfusion shifts to a solo pilot, I want to first of all thank you for being a part of it, but also ask you to link this post to your favorite social media site. I appreciate your support of one of the entries on my life balance sheet, increase sphere of influence!

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