I have long believed in bridges. No, not just to get me across lake Washington, but to shoot the gaps.
A long time ago, in law school, I had the honor of being taught labor law by an incredible thinker, scholar and doer, Jim Jones at the UW Law School. In awe I asked him how he brought the country from not understanding discrimination to embracing the civil rights act. His response?
My family and career is full of visionaries I said to him. They see what needs to be done and I want my life to be about making that change real. But I meet resistance. Often.
He taught me I need to think of the change as a series of connected islands with bridges connecting us from today to the world as it should be. Utilize tools to achieve the small changes that add up to the revolution.
I lived that this week. Discussing change with leaders in my new company and then taking those learnings to great customers in New York. I was thrilled as I met no resistance and in fact engaged deeply in a bridging conversation. Could our approach bridge one of the toughest divides in public sector IT?
Yes it can. And yes we will. And my promises to dr. Jones can be fulfilled. Thank you Salesforce.