You know that exercise we do after conferences or meetings, where before we check out the facilitator says, “Let’s do a temperature check”. “Let’s go around the room. Everyone sum up how they are feeling in one word”.
They’re asking because we’ve just been told something and we might be having an emotional reaction to it.
How many synonyms are there for thoughtful?
Reflective, pensive, contemplative, pondering …
How many synonyms are there for open minded?
Curious, wondering, intrigued, anticipating …
These are neutral. We can’t be challenged on them. They’re to be expected almost. We’ve just been told some new information, something is changing, why wouldn’t we be thinking about this new information and why wouldn’t we be open to what we’re being told is to be the new reality anyway?
I wonder though…
Where are the confused people?
Where are the angry people?
Where are the scared people?
Where are the resentful people?
Where are the lost people?
Our language for emotions in organisations is woefully lacking and our ability to connect with and honour our personal truth, in such a public forum, is so hard to reach.