For some time now I have had a personal discomfort with the T is for Transform in SALT. So I thought I would raise the issue.
I am very comfortable with the idea that as a member of a SALT Team, I Support, I Appreciate, I Learn and I Transfer.
But I do not Transform.
And I do not Transform at 2 levels.
First of all, I do not Transform people. If people are transformed (which I will question later), then they transform themselves. I neither claim nor desire the ability to transform people. I run away from people who make such claims. Maybe I transform myself as a member of a SALT team? Is this the claim that we are making for the T is for Transform in SALT? If so, I go to my second point.
Is Transformation desireable? For me, change is a journey that simply takes for ever. It is a series of steps that leads to an ever greater appreciation of something. There are steps backward, but if we are fortunate we move forward. Personally, I find myself struggling endlessly with each of these ideas of supporting, appreciating, learning and transfering. But I enjoy the journey, get endless insights as I make the journey and meet lots of interesting people along the way. Transformation suggests an instant transition from one state to another. So when I am in this new state what do I do? What do I do next? I find my approach of trying to move forward step by step far more interesting and entertaining.
So in a nutshell.
I do not wish to Transform anybody.
If they so wish, people will Transform themselves.
Transformation does not describe my journey of change.
Transformation does not feel a very interesting or enjoyable journey to me.
A happy New Year of Transformation (or gradual change) to all of you.