Ken Williams is a name that is well-known by most musical celebrities. Ken Williams is blind, yet for the past 50 years he has been the piano tuner that Hollywood stars turn to because of his gift of perfect pitch. His ability to flawlessly hone the sound of a piano has made him indispensable in the music industry.
Most humans don’t have perfect pitch, but almost all humans have an excellent sense of tone, especially when listening to the voices of others.
Last week we discussed the dangers of criticism and negativity.
To that I would like to add the importance of tone when our “positive” comments are combined with the dangerous plague of sarcasm. As a rule of leadership, sarcasm should only when referring to yourself. No matter how harmless it may seem, your ability to burn bridges is taken to a whole new level when you use sarcasm. No matter the level of wit you think you possess, your level of humility better exceed it when apologizing for sarcasm that gets out of hand. And, by the way, it only takes one comment for it to get out of hand.
So this week’s challenge stems from 32 years of experience observing countless work and non-work relationships burned through sarcasm.
Challenge: Notice when you are using sarcasm and who you are using it with. Then stop it.
This may sound harsh; and as always, it’s up to you to decide whether or not to accept the challenge. However, unless used at your own expense, sarcasm always comes at the cost of others, and there’s always a little truth in “just kidding”.
Good luck with this one!