I’ve always had a techy day job that centers around writing and communicating. It pays the bills and is more often than not pretty interesting. Two years ago, I went on holiday to a songwriting retreat in Idaho. I spent a week with rivers, trees, other artists…and went home with seven new songs. (Five were “keepers”.)
En route for home, I had time to kill in the Boise airport, so I did a quick glance at work email, to see what I missed. Words like “paradigm,” “ideate,” and “align” spilled out in my inbox. Yup, I was going back to the real world. I said, “I need to write about this” and ended up with this he-said, she-said tune called “Best of Breed Romance”:
The next year, layoffs started happening. Wait. Strike that. We don’t use the word “layoff” anymore. We’re “reorg’d,” “downsized,” or as my pals in the UK tell me, “made redundant”. I thought: That happy couple from “Best of Breed Romance?” They need to break up.
Epilogue: These days I’m working for a VERY cool, smaller company that uses real words with people who are wonderful communicators. No one’s asked me to align to a new paradigm or engage in an end-to-end holistic ideation since I was hired. There’s hope.