Monday challenge: The Garbage Man Week
There are a few words that seem to be so used that they lose their meaning or at least their purpose. One of these words is respect.
I might just have lost half of you right there. You heard the word even before you entered kindergarten. The word has been on hundreds of leadership posters throughout your lives and work places.
So why are we bringing it up?
Just hearing a word doesn’t mean we understand it.
It seems that somewhere along the line we confused respect to be dependent on or connected with authority. It makes societal sense to care more about what your supervisor thinks of you than what your garbage man thinks of you. However, that’s society! If your main purpose is to follow the main stream of society, then your first mistake is reading this post.
This week could be called the garbage man week. The challenge?
Find someone you wouldn’t usually learn something from every day and learn from them.
The age-old label of this form of true respect is called meekness.
Possibly because it rhymes with weakness people incorrectly attribute this trait to a lack of back bone.
What would it look like to ask the CNA or newly hired nurse for their input? Let’s say you have a patient who is especially challenging to deal with. Talk with the CNA or that new nurse. Ask for their suggestions on how to better appease or treat the patient. Perhaps you’re thinking, “I have 20 years of experience on them”. That doesn’t matter. The moment you get off your perceived pedestal of experience and step to the level of your team is the moment you separate yourself from everyone else as a leader.
Sound worth it? I promise you it is.