This is about the trick of being present and absent at the same time.
What made me think of this?
When I read this in a book …
“… marveled at the way in which three clear liquids … nitric acid, hydrochloric acid and water … when combined produce color … and not just any color … but the color of a flaming sunset.”
That made me think about business and the ability to slip behind the scenes and take some invisible things … and … well … make them visible.
And visible in a delightful colorful way.
Let’s say these are the people who take things most of us just cannot, or do not, see … and make them visible in a meaningful way that is relevant and recognized.
We know these people in business.
Hmmmmmmmmmm … well … maybe not.
Because these people who seem to be able to take the invisible things and put them together in ways that make them visible … also tend to be exactly the same way.
They tend to be silent … or maybe quieter … and certainly barely visible <unless you are paying attention>.
And in today’s world silent smarts is not exactly the way to the top of the heap.
Which is unfortunate … because these invisible characters, who are often not seen or often heard, but who can often have a visible effect on events … are invaluable.
Sometimes unseen … but invaluable.
Unseen because they are really good at remaining still … and silent … and have mastered nonchalant intent listening … but their eyes , while saying nothing, never remain still.
Interestingly … just like the formula I mentioned above <royal or king’s water> … they tend to become visible when mixed with the right partner or on the right team. They ‘mix’ in a way that makes their ‘clear’ have ‘color.’
But I am writing more about those invisible clear aspects in business that remain unseen by the majority of business people. Those invisible, or only slightly visible, aspects all businesses have. The ones most of us miss … because as most of us rush from one place to another, one meeting after another, one crisis after another … our ‘thoughtful moments’ are mostly ‘visionary’ … or ‘horizon’ viewing moments … because we are told that is how to make it to the top of the heap.
You need to think big.
You need to see the bigger vision.
And all those things are good. and necessary.
But it is quite possible we are forgetting HOW to do it.
In todays business world if we don’t believe something exists … well … then it doesn’t. What is invisible cannot become visible because .. well … if ts not visible it doesn’t exist.
But truth is that if we don’t know that something exists … it really doesn’t mean that it doesn’t.
It only means we don’t know one way or the other or maybe we just haven’t been made aware of it yet.
Someone wrote somewhere that evidence is not about proof or certainty or necessity but rather it is simply something that can contribute to belief.
This means we can have evidence but it is in no way conclusive.
This is the fundamental mistake when discussing evidence. The mistake in the belief or assumption that there can only be evidence for claims that are true.
But there is in fact a vast amount of evidence for claims that are in fact false.
The context here has to do with lack of awareness.
When people dismiss that possibility simply because they weren’t aware of it, or haven’t made the attempt to explore it, or haven’t looked beyond their own personal usage/viewpoint — then they are all too frequently jumping to conclusions based on … well … lack of information rather than the presence of it.
The people who do not fall into this trap? The ones who can see the invisible things. The ones who can actually take clear components and put them together and create something tangible and colorful.
The ability to be present … but invisible … is a knack.
The ability to take what is present but invisible and combine them to make them not only visible .. but colorful is also a knack.
I am not sure they are trainable … I could be wrong … but I tend to believe they are more a knack, an innate ability, more than one that can be taught.
I also know <okay … believe> that most of these people with this innate ability to find invisible things are really good listeners.
They listen to what is not being said.
They see what is unseen.
They find the thread of the true message in the sounds around them.
They find invisible things … maybe even unclear undeveloped ideas … and these things become visible in their heads.
And they tend to use silence like a weapon.
While others seem to embrace some desire to speak and showcase knowledge or what an individual can do … they remain silent.
They also sometimes have the ability to become attuned to the magic that can occur when all the others blend their ideas and abilities. And then they only act, become visible, if it is needed to strengthen that which is.
That last thought?
This is all really tricky if you want to become a leader.
We think of leaders as needing to stand out or even apart from the rest of the team.
They know there is an appropriate time for standing out and apart from the group.
But in today’s business world potential leaders <and even some already in leadership positions> have a fear that blending in <remaining invisible even though present … and making an impact> will cause their value to diminish.
And it does <not in my eyes but in the business world as it exists today>.
While the ability to bring out the best in others without visibly doing anything is a true leadership skill … and the sign of a true leader … invisibility leads to often becoming, perception wise, superfluous.
I say that because being invisible but present, blending in and standing out, is an art.
And I say that because having the ability to combine invisible factors and creating something wonderful and visible … is a skill.
If you know someone at your company or in business who makes you ‘marvel at the way in which they are able to take three clear liquids and combine them to produce color … and not just any color … but the color of a flaming sunset’ you should pay them gobs of money or just make sure that you pay attention to them.
Because invisible is … well … invisible to pretty much everyone.
And anyone who can see the invisible is worth every penny you can pay them.
Because the most colorful beautiful visible in business … is inevitably created from some random combination of ‘less than visible’ aspects.