I recently had the pleasure of reading Leadership and Self Deception: Getting Out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute. It was an easy read that provoked a lot of thoughts on how we approach one another especially here at Camp Joy. e talk about thinking outside the box on a regular basis. We encourage one another to try new things and think differently about concepts and approaches to certain tasks or problems. However, do we ever discuss how we as people hide inside of boxes? The idea of getting out of the box in this book wasn’t a reference to looking at tasks in a new way. It was more of a way for us to approach one another by staying outside of the box we tend to put ourselves and one another in. It made me think of how I approach people. Do I approach them in a way that shuts them down or closes them in their box? Or do I try to approach people in a positive way that lifts them up? It shared examples of good people with good intentions who unknowingly put people on the defensive and thus pushed them inside their box.
So then how must we approach one another? Is it an open mind, an open heart, and a listening ear? Yes. Is it with compassion and gratitude? Yes. We need to appreciate one another on a regular basis and share our successes and failures. This is something that Camp Joy embraces and continues to be a big reason that I get up every morning and come to work. I know that no matter what the day brings I will have a team of employees and adjuncts who at the drop of a hat will be here to support me and help me grow. I will have campers who will share a different perspective on life and help remember to celebrate the little joys that I have forgotten as an adult. I will have nature take my breath away and remind me to slow down and appreciate what I have in front of me. I am blessed to work here and look forward to what today, tomorrow, and the future brings. Thank you all for being such a big part of keeping me outside of the box.