I was observing a workshop in Edmonton last week. We were asked to reflect on the question: what is your work? Not what is your job? It was a question that inspired very good reflection and conversation.
Very quickly people were able to think about how they did their job, and what part of their job they were most passionate about. It allowed us to get to know the individual far beyond their title and role – which is how most of us tend to introduce ourselves.
It was a very powerful introduction to each other.
I am a sense-maker. I deal with complex situations and problems that somewhere have people involved in them. I look at the problems from many angles and through the lens of many different disciplines and then explore the seams of knowledge between the disciplines to make sense of the problem.
But this is far to esoteric. I like the question, but I don’t yet like my answer.