Why? A simple question and, so open to multiple ways of understanding. Recently Melissa Robaina asked if ‘Why’ is an Appreciative Question. Here she writes about the responses that she has receives and continues to receive.
The Plant Manager had been introduced to AI earlier this year by the Human Resources Manager, and agreed to the summit. In preparation for the Summit, he attended training, read books and participated in virtual discussions. On the morning of the Summit, he talked about the tough times they have had, the economic meltdown; and, how it had impacted the Company, their Division and their Community. Then, he shifted to his personal journey. He told the stakeholders that his early morning schedule has always been to get up at 4:00 a.m., with a quick check-in to see if there had been any crisis’ during the night, and to look over the production statistics for the prior day. He said to the crowd, “I am an Engineer. These numbers set my priorities and my focus. I looked at them for problems, and corrections we need to take. Now, I have been introduced to a different way. New ideas about how we work together. Words like love, compassion, hope, and inspiration do belong in the workplace.”
He went on to describe how their plant productivity is thriving and wondered the costs to individuals this level of activity over the long haul might be. “We are on a rise in terms of production and hiring. We have the opportunity now to join together to build the foundation that combines our past strengths that our people built with the production requirements to be competitive now. I welcome you to our first AI Summit.”
Gives you goosebumps, doesn’t it?