I made this graphic extra large. It’s really a photo I took last year in a retail store selling calendars, and I was looking for the right time and place to use it, and now I think it’s that time.

Just when the pandemic seems to smash us further and partisan politics drives us further apart, perhaps, just perhaps, there’s an element of the best of humanity right there on LinkedIn. Everyday hiding in plain sight.

People helping others, adding to the global conversation, offering impressions of new ideas and adaptable concepts, referring and warmly introducing like minds to expand business circles.

All while we all come to the LinkedIn table with diverse cultural filters on what we do, when we say it, how we react, and the thought process we carry.

We can discuss and query. We should challenge, professionally of course, what we do not readily see, in order to more easily absorb it. Reword it in a way we can absorb it.

We can be coopetors instead of competitors. No black-and-white, just shades of gray.

In this dim light of an ebbing year that has tried our humanity, let’s strive to share our similarities and celebrate our differences.

Despite the date on the graphic, will you join me in this in 2022?

Marc W. Halpert

LinkedIn personal coach, group trainer, marketing strategist and overall evangelist, having a great time pursuing my passion of connecting professionals so they can collaborate better!

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