(Issue #616) Create a Call-In Culture

On the way to clarity, we establish connections, and we enhance chances to establish
a “Call-In Culture.”


A previous post on this blog stated,

While simple dichotomies may be deceptively simplistic, they can provide a starting point for conversation and movement. Each day we can provide light or darkness. We provide direction or obfuscation. With every decision and interaction, we can choose various paths.

We can choose various paths.

Like making the choice between a call-out or a call-in. Times, people, and situations present themselves when a call-out­ might be needed; when no other way seems appropriate to the circumstance. But where does one draw the line? When might what seems appropriate be inappropriate? When is the call-out an excuse to belittle, ridicule, and demean someone with whom we disagree? Rather than discuss (and maybe learn), we degrade and yell.

Photo (c) by Steve Piscitelli

A call-in provides another option—another path. Consider it a reach-out. When we reach out to someone with a differing opinion, we seek conversation. Deliberative dialogues force us to listen, question (authentically), share, and, maybe, adjust our focus.

Perhaps our curiosity will help us gain clarity. On the way to clarity, we establish connections, and we enhance chances to establish a Call-In Culture.

The Greater Good MagazineMarch 2022 Happiness Calendar” reminds us to stay open and curious.

Finally, in a quote attributed to Jesse Jackson, “We must turn to each other and not on each other.

Reach out. Call in. Connect.


Video recommendation for the week.

Reaching out can happened in various environments. Like a school cafeteria or a community meeting.


Make it a wonderful week and HTRB has needed.

You will find my latest book, Roxie Looks for Purpose Beyond the Biscuit, in
eBook ($2.99) and paperback ($9.99) format. Click 

My dog Roxie gets top billing on the author page for this work. Without her, there would be no story. Please, check out her blog.

And you can still order:

  • Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019print and e-book). Available on Amazon. More information (including seven free podcast episodes that spotlight the seven core values highlighted in the book) at the above link.
  • Stories about Teaching: No Need to be an Island (2017, print and e-book)Available on Amazon. One college’s new faculty onboarding program uses the scenarios in this book. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same. The accompanying videos (see the link above) would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.

You can find my podcasts (all fifty episodes) here.

You will find more about me at www.stevepiscitelli.com.

©2022. Steve Piscitelli
The Growth and Resilience Network®
Atlantic Beach, Florida

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