It takes two

A couple of weeks ago, I expressed the details of a ‘hefty ransom’. After rebuilding the servers, workstations, traveling to Alaska and meeting my deadlines on 2 projects. I can only say I’m so glad that September is over. This week CONSTRUCT is kicking off. This is the first year in several years that I will miss. However, we are trying a new bold experiment, to host a Town Hall from the CSI both at CONSTRUCT, Thursday at 1:00pm EDT.

Before I circle back to CONSTRUCT and what we are doing I wanted to reflect on an old saying. I’m sure you have heard someone say, or even said it yourself. “There are two types of People…” I had a boss in the 80’s that use to say it all the time. Usually followed by something witty, yet a level of truth. I wanted to find the oldest one I could.  Some of the oldest ones appear to be clips from Mark Twain. But as I continued to dig I was pleased with this one, not the oldest, but it really rings true. 

“There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” Indira Gandhi (3rd Prime Minister of India)

I’m sure with more research, I could find an older ‘Two People’ quote. But after seeing this one, it really reflects on what CSI is about. In my business, there is no shortage of egos, those taking credit for accomplishments. But if the work goes wrong, it will fall squarely on the Architect’s shoulders. I’ve learned over time, that my shoulders are pretty big, and it is OK to be responsible and admit when you are wrong. My Mom had a core belief that she raised her three boys with. Her saying was always “it is better to be damned for the truth than caught in a lie.” Which reflects on my personal Two People quote “There are two kinds of people, those who are transparent and those who have a hidden agenda.”

Being transparent is different than being an open book. Being private is different than a hidden agenda. There is always a balance in life when it comes to privacy and transparency. For me, the real difference in privacy and a hidden agenda is that hidden agendas typically have a factor of ‘what’s in for me, but can I give the perception that it is about them’. At the end of the day, I really try to live in the transparent camp while maintain some degree of privacy. Just look at the past year of my blog, there is a lot of insight of who I am and what I do. The cool thing about CSI, is that we don’t have to agree on everything, but we are still friends. Even better is as those friendships grow, we grow our CSI Family. 

Now, I know you are asking (or maybe not)… What does this have to do with CONSTRUCT and Town Hall? Even though I’m 2,400 miles away, it has a lot to with the Town Hall. The purpose of our first Town Hall is to unite our CSI Family by leveraging the technology. Technology can never replace the connections we have with each other. At the same time, we can use it to find our common ground. We have some exciting topics to talk about and hopefully you can join us via ZOOM Webinar or in person at the CSI Booth Thursday at 1:00pm EDT. To RSVP, please click this link: 

In closing and to circle around back to Indira Gandhi quote. We are excited to celebrate those who do the work. This year at CSI Awards Ceremony, CSINext will be recognized for the Outstanding Chapter Commendation. Also, this year we have received the Communication Award for Electronics. It is exciting when the hard work of an individual is recognized, this year is no exception with CSINext Director Joni Zimmerman being awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award. We are very pleased that PPG Paint our founding and platinum sponsor is being honored with the Institute Organizational Certificate of Appreciation. And last but no least our FY2019 board, whom I could not do this without. President Michael Young, President-Elect Thad Goodman, Secretary Cynthia Belisle, Treasurer Mark Ogg, Director Kathryn Marek and Director Joni Zimmerman.

…and now for something completely different.
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