We started the month off with our team retreat. We looked at our growth zones and learning zones and talked about both the joy and the pain points of being a team and doing this work.
We each expressed our personal reasons for coming into this work - feeling a responsibility to it, wanting to build understanding, feeling a sense of purpose. It helped us to see the mosaic of what brings us together and the synchronicity that occurs when we come together as a team.
At the same time, we can't claim that it's all roses. When you get strong, impassioned people together on a small team there are always struggles for everyone to find an equal voice. Even as we flatten our organizational structure, we feel the tensions of new responsibilities and growth butting heads. We're in our own growth zone even as we do work that challenges others to get uncomfortable for the purpose of building equity. It's parallel processing for us as we become increasingly aware of the areas that we need to work on to be a stronger team while at the same time helping the growth journey for others. The work is continuous and we remain inspired by the words of Amanda Gorman "not broken, but simply unfinished."