A Gradient of Formality

As friendships grow deeper, we share a common language: experiences shape us and we reference them constantly. “Do you remember when…“. Over the last day, as Rich has been with me in Amsterdam, we’ve sat at some cafes by the canals and reminisced over old stories, shared experiences.

A gradient of formality

Learning should be like that: a relationship that deepens over time.

Over the course of a long programme, maybe an induction programme of a Leadership Development piece, the learning should adapt.

I usually talk in terms of Tone of Voice, Stance and Genre: the language we use, the position we stand in, the types of story we share. So a journey that may start out formal, much as we do when we first meet someone, should end up entirely familiar, using it’s own shared language and style. Reminiscing. Not formal or patronising, but adaptive and familiar.

i’m surprised it took me so long to think of it this clearly, but, then, that’s the beauty of time with friends. Time to reflect, time to change perspective and see the light.

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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