|Being accessible is good. |
Accessible to friends and family. To patrons and proteges. To clients and customers.To team members and other stakeholders.
When we’re accessible, others feel free to share their issues and concerns. Their wants and needs. Their ideas and solutions. Their dreams and aspirations.
But there’s an important difference between being accessible and being apprehendable.
We’re apprehendable if people can capture us 24 hours a day. We’re apprehendable if we don’t carve out time to ponder and reflect. Think and plan. Organize and formulate. Discover and create. Relax and rejuvenate.
Being apprehendable is imprisoning and self-defeating. Because if we’re available to everybody all of the time, we’ll soon have nothing to give anybody any of the time—including ourselves.
Having an open-door policy is great, but don’t forget that doors have hinges for a reason. Be accessible. But know when to say no to avoid becoming apprehendable.