Feedback vs. Harmonics

“I’d like to give you some feedback”. Words to strike terror into most people, particularly in a corporate setting.

Most feedback contains some element of “I need you to be more like……” in pursuit of something wanted by somebody else.

The return of a fraction of the output signal from an amplifier, microphone, or other device to the input of the same device; sound distortion produced by this.

We respond to this input in much the same way as the dictionary definition – with a fraction of what the person giving the feedback wants, and the result, often for both parties is similar to the feedback we get when the microphone gets too close to the speaker – a discordant shrieking of the soul and a need to get the microphone and speaker as far apart as possible.

Harmonics is different. The resonance derives from the compatibility of two elements to create something additional

An overtone accompanying a fundamental tone at a fixed interval, produced by vibration of a string, column of air, etc. in an exact fraction of its length.

Each part is a precise fraction of the other. Same values, same vision, same ways of working. It soothes, supports and inspires.

The sound of church bells on a Sunday morning. Tibetan Singing Bowls. Gregorian Chants. Walking in the woods. Tea with a friend.

My main point is that in times of rapid and unpredicatable change, we have to understand and work with who we are right now, not worry about who someone else would like us to be.

If the future is uncertain and largely unpredictable, trying to be something different in anticipation of it is pretty much a waste of time.

Who we are, right now, is enough providing we are working with harmonics not feedback.

Who we work with, what we work at, and where we work matters, It’s a choice (often a difficult one) but it’s still a choice.

Harmonics build, feedback fractures.

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