The Skills We Need Now

If you have the credentials, the position, and the privileges to speak, that doesn’t mean you should. At least not always. At least not how you have been speaking.

The changes we so badly need won’t happen if the people who are accustomed to having the floor don’t yield and don’t invite people with less experience and different qualifications to contribute.

This is active work, not passive. It is not silence when confronted with disagreement. It is not shrinking. Marianne Williamson was talking to all of us.

The skills we need now are ones of discernment: interrogation of context and timing, curious probing, humble framing.

Some persuasion is required, too, but I think less than before.

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