If you are a creative type, go out of your way to meet people who are analytical. If you have a type-A personality, then learn to appreciate the strengths of people who are more laid back. If your thing is business, spend time with people who work in nonprofit environments. If you are white-collar, learn to connect with blue-collar people. Anytime you get a chance to meet people with strengths very different from your own, learn to celebrate their abilities and get to know them better. It will broaden your experience and increase your appreciation for people.
GO OUT OF YOUR WAY TO SPEND TIME WITH SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T THINK OR ACT THE WAY YOU DO.
Even outside of work, I think we all tend to respect and gravitate to people whose strengths are like our own. Sports stars hang out together. Actors marry other actors. Entrepreneurs enjoy trading stories with other entrepreneurs. The problem is that if you spend time only with people like yourself, your world can become terribly small and your thinking limited.
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Robert Louis Stevenson
Leaders Leading Leaders
Unity with Your Associates
Do you remember those birds in Finding Nemo? They get me every time. As they fight for what’s on the ground, they are flying around screaming, “Mine! Mine! Mine!” Never has Disney nailed a picture of the selfish human condition better than in that little scene. Sadly, we do the same thing. Our tendency is to fly around screaming, “Mine! Mine! Mine!” We do that with our ideas, our projects, our ministries, and our roles. Choosing positivity forces us to recognize that whatever we have has been given to us as gifts to develop. That tends to work against our selfish pride. You’ll find you are more willing to take your ideas, lay them down, and partner up with others so that you can all get behind the same plan.
The panoptic view fights for we over me. The panoptic view tells us that we’re better together than we are apart. Choosing positivity produces collective results greater than if we were each pushing our own agenda