"Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms,
you would never see the true beauty of their carvings."
– Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
We encounter many bumps, conflict, walls and barriers every day in our work lives. If only it was easier without all the tension. Many of us have stories of workplace trauma when we were pushed to our limits as managers and leaders. Yet as the cliché goes, out of the fire the steel is hardened and becomes stronger.
And so, it can be with us. Work setbacks and challenges test our inner fortitude and resiliency and expose our inner self-- what we are made of. Out of adversity, new kindness, patience, honesty and empathy may be revealed. We are who we are because of the problems we have solved and the adversity we have overcome, ever growing and learning. And we are better people because of these challenges, sharing compassion and strength despite “the windstorms” that may pommel us.