As you start to take the Monday challenges, Friday is pay-off day, when you get see the ‘why’ behind the challenge, if you haven’t seen it already.
One minute and counting…
On Monday we gave you the challenge: Find someone who is treated like an object, and do one thing to change that by Friday.
So it’s not judgment day, but it’s check up day. How did it go? Who was the person that was the object? What was their reaction? Did it take a lot of effort? If so, was it worth it? Did they even care? Take some time on your commute today to reflect.
No matter how little or seemingly insignificant the gesture, it counts. The habit of recognizing the ‘objects’ in our lives has priceless results.
Sincere compliments and small acts, go a long way. A friend of mine makes a point every trip abroad, to take any remaining foreign currency, and tip someone at the airport, usually the bathroom cleaners. Suddenly objects become people, and people become personal. It’s in that process that your work becomes a community of people who you know personally. People who will come to respect you as a leader. Continue to take this habit of searching for the objects in the work place. Get to know them, their names, their lives. Make sacrifices for them.
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Decades ago, as a youth, I remember an article in National Geographic magazine that showed a picture of Alexander the Great. He was on the top of a huge sand dune in the midst of an expansive desert, with his legions of warriors around him. He was shown pouring a helmet full of water into the sand. What was going on? As a leader, in the hierarchy of the time, he had the privilege of having drinking water. A king and a general merited that. However, the message he gave to his troops that day was, ‘I will take no advantage for myself that I cannot provide for my troops. If they are thirsty in this parched land, I will be also’. That impactful picture has stayed with me all my life.
As a team leader, the sacrifices you make have a price tag that can never match the staggering dividends. Choose today to be the leader who others loyally followed instead of dutifully obey. Only you can make that decision and change.
The material and questions from this post were adapted from the fantastic read, The Outward Mindset by the Arbinger Institute