When we grow up we are commanded to think about those around us in a positive light. Is this an attempt to mask the wrongs they may do, or the possible intent to do so? Well I would like to think that this type of thought is not necessary in current day life. But I am an alarmingly reminded of this fact of life, time and time again, by my personal interactions with the real world.
When we hire and care about those we employ, we have an intention to see that they succeed. As we work and interact with them we will learn their true potential. We hope these interactions will result in a positive result, but expect they will not. As a critical realist I always lean to the negative outcome, but am secretly hoping for the positive outcome.
As a manager that holds himself to a strict guideline of projecting a positive, team based, family environment, I want to think that those included will act accordingly, as they are part of something bigger a team that acts together. But as I have learned time and time again, this is most times not the outcome. While I do not anticipate those that will prove me wrong, it would be asinine to expect the opposite.
Being born as a critical realist, I will most likely be proven right in these situations, even when I hope to be proven wrong. The exception does exist, while it is quite rare. As I recently learned from a close teammate, which I allowed myself to believe; I was yet again proven right. But this time the feeling of success was awarded to the employee as I was cautious but not aware in advance.
Does this mean I am losing my touch, was to personally involved, or am I totally wrong about the whole concept of critical realism. I think I am solid in my belief and as such have learned a positive lesson from the encounter. This is yet another sign the generation me is in full effect. We will learn the lesson from our fellow man on a continuious basis until it is undoubtedly engrained in to our cerebellum.