It Takes Courage to Start a Conversation
As I review the proposed strategic planning process that I hope will be approved at the January ICHRIE Board meeting, I notice that there are many opportunities for all of us to talk with one another about the ideas that may be presented and the possible changes in what we, as ICHRIE, do. And in talking with one another, we have some things to remember about conversations. Most of us make the same mistake of sending our message, but not always listening to others and their viewpoints. So, to transform ICHRIE, we need to talk with each other and, more importantly, listen to effect change.
And why does it take courage? It is easy to maintain the status quo, but not so easy to change and hear others. The conversations may disturb us, as others may suggest something that we don’t agree with at all. However, to move forward, I suspect it will take a lot of ‘messy’ conversations. It helps to be willing to have our ideas and beliefs challenged by others. As we are a global organization, we may well learn lots from the different experiences each of us brings to the conversation. It will take the perspective of many to find the answers that help us, as ICHRIE, move into the future.
Many of us attend a meeting or conference for ‘what we personally can get out of it’. Conversation is different. Although we each benefit individually from good conversation, we may also discover that we are not as separate as we thought. We may well be confused or disturbed in the quest for what is important to us collectively. And I hope that as we discover what we as ICHRIE care about, it will provide us with the direction and incentive to make the decisions necessary to change, to implement the changes to provide benefit to our members, and to become the global leader in hospitality and tourism education.