Donna's blog on coaching, leadership, and life

Different language—different planets—much to learn

We’ve got the lingo—re-engineered; headcount; dotted line reportability; matrixed organization; PIP; human capital; etc. According to an artist friend of mine who recently found herself meeting with corporate friends—”They get talking, and it’s like someone dropped me onto a different planet.”

I have a similar feeling when I overhear my art therapist friends talking about the impact of combining traditional psychotherapeutic theories and techniques with an understanding of the psychological aspects of the creative process. Yikes!

Each of us have developed our own comfort zones—our own language—based on our own environments and experiences. This reminds us that regardless of how experienced we may be or feel in a particular area, there’s a whole world out there, and, if we choose to, we have much to learn from each other.

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