Does it matter?

I went bowling with friends last night and there was a very interesting gentleman in the lane next to ours. In addition to “Kool-Aid” being the name he selected for his game, he had an incredibly awkward form: he got a running start and released the ball toward the ground while jumping. The impact of the ball hitting the ground caught many innocent bystanders off-guard. It was quite the spectacle.

My first reaction was one of amusement and fascination, but that faded after watching him bowl a few times. The most amazing thing about his form is that it frequently resulted in strikes.

It was an amusing juxtaposition: persons in my lane had perfect form…and frequently rolled gutterballs…whereas this gentleman had the grace of a sumo wrestler on ice skates but was bowling fantastic sets back to back.

So as people snickered at his form and method, I had to ask myself…

…does it matter?

Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant & Facilitator with ReadySet, a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and inclusive leadership. Connect on LinkedIn or get in touch.

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