Work labels: word salad and connotations
A couple of weeks ago I had a drink with someone who’s done some great work in their field.
As we chatted about our respective projects and areas of interest, he asked me what I called what I did.
This has long been a bone of contention and frustration for me, and I did my best to conceal my wince as I threw out some labels.
Laughing, he remarked how I’d managed to saddle myself with some of the most maligned and misunderstood terms available.
What else I call this is still to be decided, but I know have a lens through which to look at the world.
The point here is that, like it or not, the labels matter and first impressions count.
We can pick & mix a word salad, mix in a new ingredient or two, choose one from the pre-packed aisle, or go out and do something completely off-piste.
The good news is, if the labels don’t fit, we can change them.
And if we don’t like salad, we change that too.
We just may need a new set of lenses to do it.