Musings on a clean slate

Dear Readers;

Yesterday, nightfall marked the end of Yom Kippur, a Day of Atonement observed by Jews. Though I consider myself more secular, than religious, I cherish this holiday and spend time with family and friends in synagogue in prayer, meditation and reflection.

Yom Kippur marks the end of a 10-day period known as the High Holy Days. During this period we reflect on the past year, recall the situations when we’ve “missed the mark”, and ask for forgiveness of those who’ve been hurt by our actions.  We rebuild relationships with others, and as important, we rebuild relationship with our harshest critic, ourselves. We mend fences, we move on.

I do this an individual and as a member of a community.

I can’t help but wonder what the world would be like if every member of a company spent a day in this kind of deep reflection…considering what effect actions had on those within the organization and all those whose lives were touched in some transaction. Would this lead to more corporate morality? More accountability? Greater focus on sustainability? More responsibility?

In this day of social media, it’s harder to hide mistakes over long periods; and those firms who openly acknowledge when they’ve “missed the mark” are more likely to rebuild public trust and faith in their businesses and brands.

All I can do is renew my efforts to do the best work that I can, to act fairly and with integrity in all of my business and personal relationships.

It’s a new day. A clean slate.

Let’s make the best of it!

Laurie Tema-Lyn, Practical Imagination Enterprises, laurie@practical-imagination.com, 908-237-2246

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