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I see that profiles everywhere are filled with the list of what a person has done, the schools he has attended, the certifications he has acquired, the awards he has received, and all of what we all know we plug into our profiles. Tom Peters calls them 'Brag-gables'. I share none of these sentiments. I believe most of what we write in our profiles is rarely a description of who we are; but rather, an intentional commitment to capture what in our estimation demonstrates our most important achievements. It makes sense and by no means communicates any wrong or negative intent. I however chose to be true at another level; just the simple thought that while no one is complaining, I can choose to recognize that achieving a graduate status for example is the collective efforts of so many people, including those of the parents that funded my education; winning an industry award is the efforts of so many other people including the wife and children that endured my work days away from home, missing moments they should receive from me the attention their individualities deserve; when I am recognized as the best team lead in my organization, that's also because I have a great team willing to contribute the quota that made me shine. I can go on and on, yet, all I will succeed to underscore is the idea that achievements are simply neither lone experiences nor independent creations. They are rarely so. Achievements are collective efforts in that in some way, someone must have contributed to my efforts something I couldn't have done by myself such that without it, my high achievement wouldn't have occurred. This way of thinking will diffuse love and shared-value in our world and engender mutual respect and a high sense of gratitude and interdependence. I call it participatory ideology. Truly, I do envision a corporate earth where profiles are legislated to only capture who we are, not what we have done ... who we are, as opposed to the glory-seeking tool it so popularly represents today as always. Please punch me not for this; but the profile you are about to download may disappoint you in its character to defend one man's efforts and achievements. It will however do very well in capturing some vital part of what you really want to know that brought you here: Who I am..



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