Shades of Gray


I was a Safety Manager in manufacturing for 20 years and a Human Resources Manager for 15. While I was a Human Resources Manager I had a chance encounter with a Safety Manager who was visiting my site. We had a discussion about the difference between the two professions.

“I could never be a Human Resources Manager,” he said. “Everything is a shade of gray. I like things to be black and white. In the safety profession, everything is black and white. Something is either safe or it isn’t.”

“Well, that’s where you and I are different.” I answered. “That’s why I got out of the safety business and into the human resources business. Because I see everything in shades of gray.”


2 thoughts on “Shades of Gray

  1. I have had friends where things were black and white, two had never had children. There is something about having kids that changed my world view. I believe in helping oeople, sometimes with just caring to listen. This was a good essay which could easily have many chapters and become a book. Take care.~ Robin

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    • Thanks for your kind words, Robin. I believe that life is much too complex and rich to be seen as only black or white but rather there many shade of gray (more than 50). F. Scott Fitzgerald once said a sure sign of genius is the ability to hold two opposing thoughts in your mind at the same time an still be able to function. šŸ™‚ My best to you!


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