I don't see it as being contradictory to any significant extent to have multiple identities, each of which comes to the fore in different strengths at different times depending on the circumstances. I'll say a little about my identities as an example.
Mostly, my identity as a worker comes to the fore during the working day, and my identity as a family member and carer come to the fore when at home or out and about with my family.
But at other times (such as when writing this blog) my identity as a global citizen comes naturally to the fore. It also appears at other times, for example when with work colleagues who have similar dreams for a better future for global humanity. I also have an identity as a financial professional - the sort of person who many people look to for advice on the state of the organisation's finances.
The Planetary CFO role holds a particular fascination for me because it lies at the intersection of almost all these identities. And where there are minor conflicts between identities, I find it leads to a creative process, and a source of diverse thoughts in trying to reconcile the interests of each identity in conflict.
Some might see a risk here of lacking stability, of becoming a chameleon and changing to suit each circumstance, through resolving the identities in favour of the one that most effectively blends into the surroundings it finds itself in.
However, I prefer to see it as learning to change and adapt, through one's experiences and responses to those experiences. We need more change in human systems if we're to solve the massive environmental and social justice challenges we all face. We can do a lot worse than reflect on our own capacity to change and to challenge the status quo in our own lives. In the mythological battle between the immovable object and the irresistible force, my money's on the irresistible force, every time.
The Planetary CFO - working towards a sustainable World Balance Sheet.