We are parents, candidates, friends, bosses, colleagues, direct reports, volunteers, competitors, acquaintances, organisers, participants, customers, service providers, advocates, seekers, petitioners, suckers, casualties.
And of course, we are much more.
While being aware of all the roles is great, the real point is ensuring that we can still keep them somehow separated to appreciate nuances and be able to give second (and third, and fourth, and fifth) chances.
A friend coming in for an interview is still a friend AND a candidate for a position at your company.
A boss who volunteers for the organisation you’ve been involved with for years is still a boss AND a volunteer.
Somebody you don’t get along with who walks into your shop to purchase some goods is still somebody you don’t like AND a customer.
Roles do not erase each other. They add to each other.