I’ve received some feedback on my speech from the conference that one portion of my remarks gave offense to some people in the audience, so I’d like to turn this into a conversation.
First, let me begin with an apology to anyone I offended. I’ll explain my thinking, so that you can understand where I was coming from, but I also want to learn from this.
Here’s an excerpt from Peggy Berndt’s conference evaluation (shared here with her permission):
“I was really liking the lady from IABC that spoke about accreditation until she said ‘shame on you’. At this point she lost me and others I talked with following the conference. No one can shame me into anything. Engage me… inspire me… but don’t shame me.”
While I did not intend to actually offend or shame anyone, I certainly knew my message would provoke some strong reactions, both positive and negative, and my intent was to push us as an association to debate it openly and deal with what I see as a major failure to achieve real influence. Obviously I missed the mark with this member and possibly others (and again, I’m sorry to have turned anyone off so completely), but I’m hoping the very fact that I’ve sparked a reaction will help us find a way to move the association and the profession forward.
So with thanks to Peggy for kicking this off, I’d like to open the gates for more reaction, negative or positive. We’ll live the brand here, and give everyone a chance to be heard.