Judgy judgy

This morning I asked my new cards to tell me what is in store for the day. They spoke very clearly. JUDGEMENT. Judgement on a Sunday? Judgement in what context? Inward? Outward? The word has floated around my brain all morning….and then…clarity.

Judgement – we all make it, we all give it, we all receive it and we all reject or accept it. Each and every day we use our judgement and make judgements, both of ourselves and of others. In this post, I’m referring to the meaning of judgement as the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing.

Judgement of ourselves

We are always hard on ourselves, yet we need to take a moment to remember we’ve done the best we can with what information and resources we have. Learning and continual growth is key; the challenge is to understand what are valid opinions to enable our growth.

What do I mean by this? The internal opinions we form are often more negatively leaning than positively. We need to use our internal judgement filtration system, as I like to call it, to understand the difference between helpful and unhelpful judgements, what’s valid and not valid. Mostly, our internal judgement filtration system needs to work hard to understand which of OUR judgements are being influenced by the judgement and opinion of others.

Judgement from others

Learning and development professionals are often on the receiving end of other people’s judgement of our work, whether it be our stakeholders or learners themselves.

We see the embedding of theory, best practice and educational outcomes in our work. Others may not and where they see an isolated learning solution or event, make a judgement we may not deliver on their opinion of what’s needed. It’s a little like a jigsaw without the picture. They can see the pieces, borders, but without a reference (the picture) to work from, they start forming opinions about what the picture should be.

The lesson here, which isn’t anything new to us, is to remember to show what the picture looks like and ensure they an see it in the same abstract, amazing, vivid colours and perfected brush strokes that we can.

And remember – sometimes the picture gets blurred or additional colours added because our stakeholders want them. Ask them whether they’d want to add a face grinning like a Cheshire cat to the Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly paintings – it would completely alter the artist’s intention, the meaning and how we respond to the paintings.

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