Last week we were at our
retreat. We were sitting in a sunny courtyard in hammocks and
lawn chairs discussing a recent chapter we had read in the book When
Lives in Us. It was describing how God calls us and how it's
not just a one-time flash-in-the-pan kind of thing. It's a
lifelong journey. It takes a diverse group of people to do
God's work. And this got me to thinking.
It's amazing how life is such a cycle.
A learning environment. In Spanish there is an expressive
word, "educador". I have been told there is no
literal translation or equivalent in English. We have to use
two words. It means to learn and to teach.
Often people think of companies
such as Dell as the evil doers in this world - only out to make
money, taking advantage of the poor with total disregard to the
environment and people. While sometimes this may be true (because,
afterall, perception is reality) these places are also home to
thousands of people striving to do right by their families.
There is always room to find yourself if you're willing to look,
willing to go the extra mile, spend your time and exert your
I spent many hours working on the
concept of appreciating diversity. I did this at Dell with
countless other souls, hoping to make our company one of the best in
the world at appreciating it's people. This isn't an easy task
for a global, multi-billion dollar company, but people from
Michael Dell on down believed this was the right direction for the
So why does this deserve a write-up
on our mission website? Well because of a slogan, a mission
statement, that Dell coined. It is: "When there are no
gaps between what we say we value and believe and our