Bruce Lynn first commented on one of my blog posts back in November 2009. Bruce has been generous enough with his time and thoughts to comment on several of my posts. The most “spirited” discussion we ever had was over a blog post I didn’t even write entitled How To Blow Up Your Employee Evaluation Process. I often refer to the exchange I had with Bruce and others over that post when I speak about blogging and personal branding. When I talk about this exchange in the future, it will be very cool to add what happened today.
Bruce actually lives and works in the UK, and today, he spoke to the International Organizational Behavior class I am teaching this summer in London for a small group our UNR College of Business students. Bruce gave an excellent presentation on living and working abroad, something he has extensive experience with. He was a big hit with my students, and I too really appreciated his insight and speaking style.
Bruce closed by reminding us that “the ultimate respect for diversity is respecting how people think.” I concur 100%, and it certainly represents the relationship Bruce and I have had online. We have not always agreed on some issues, but we’ve always been respectful to each other in our differences. Today he did me a great service by speaking to my class in London, and by doing so earned my greatest respect and gratitude.
It’s a small and very connected world out there. You just never know how things are going to turn out. As Joe Gerstandt likes to say “Be good to each other.”