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Identity: How to be Same, Same and Different

Updated: Jan 21, 2022

Spanning 3 professions, including Organisation Development, Internal Auditing and Business-Finance, I thought I had a relatively clear understanding of my professional identity. Having lived overseas for more than 2 decades, I’ve also become familiar with working across cultures and geographies.

Talking with peers about the NTL Community Day set off a whole new train of thought about IDENTITY. Always curious, I even looked it up in the dictionary:

IDENTITY /ʌɪˈdɛntɪti/ noun

“who a person is, or the qualities of a person or group that make them different from others

I’d assumed that IDENTITY meant being the same as certain people, but different from others. The challenges being; how to “master use of self”, as we may only discover who we are when we the one that’s different. Then how to use our “self as instrument” in service of our clients - key tenets of the NTL Institute – from the standpoint of either – or.

Inspiration came from “Generative Engagement”, which is the approach for the day.

"You stand together, sharing identity. You come together, across your differences to work toward a shared goal or purpose. You don't give up who you are, but you do seek to see the other’s perspectives"

Looking forward to seeing you there and coming together on 07 November 2019.


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