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Today is Valentine’s Day. Here in the US, that means there will be lots of flowers and chocolates and cards given. Restaurants will be packed with lovers.
All this brought to mind a verse from the Bible. It is in Romans 12:10:
“Love one another in brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
Now, you may not be a person a faith. That’s ok. Stay with me here.
I often tell people who ask that I like my job and love the people I work with. It’s true. I’m not perfect in this, but most days and in most moments, it’s true. It’s what drives me to serve them, to push them to be their best, to cheer them on.
But I want to focus on the second part of this verse – “Outdo one another in showing honor.”
What would happen to your company culture if the majority of the team did exactly this? I know many of us seem to be in competitions with each other within our companies. People strive to be the top dog in sales. Project leaders are looking to excel more than the last project manager.
But what if we all started striving to “outdo one another in showing honor.” How would conversations sound differently? How would meetings be run? How would conversations about someone who is not present sound (would those conversations stop?)? How would even casual interactions change for the better? How would your company’s culture change?
So, on this Valentine’s Day, I challenge you and me to work to outdo one another in showing honor. I think this could have a positive, systemic effect in your workplace. It can become a place where we honor, respect, and appreciate each other.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I have been leading people for over 30 years now. I am passionate about it. I love to see my teams succeed. I love to watch them learn and grow and get results. I love being a part of that process.
But I have to be honest. In my exuberance, I sometimes “take over” situations. I see the issue. I understand the fix. I just do it or I tell someone to go do it.
And that’s not helpful.
I am continually learning to stop telling them to do something. Instead, I challenge them to find the answer, the solution, the remedy. Why?
When they are tasked with figuring something out, they will learn more, connect more dots, and be able to act on this new information more clearly in the future. And their resolution may be far better than what I think it should have been.
I love my team. I love to get involved. But I continue to have to remind myself to challenge them to think and act vs me simply telling them what to do.
Train your team. Provide them feedback along the way. Listen to them. And give them opportunities to grow.
When most of us think of transformation, we think of dramatic, significant change that takes place on a large scale. But that really isn’t the case.
Transformation is best made one small step at a time that moves you towards your goal￼￼. And I think there in lies the problem for many people.
We live in a day and age where the dramatic is valued. And without dramatic change happening in a relatively small timeframe, most people give up on transformation because the small steps many times go unnoticed.
Let’s face it, small steps done on a daily basis can sometimes be boring. It can seem as though we are not truly making any progress. But the facts don’t support that thought.￼￼￼
Right now there are Olympic athletes preparing for both winter and summer events. They don’t just simply get off the plane and go out and win gold. No, today they take multiple small steps towards the goal of winning gold. They practice. They condition. They work on their thought process. Multiple upon multiple of small steps are involved in getting them towards their gold medal.
So if you are working on transformation, do not be discouraged. It is in the small daily steps that you will truly transform your life, your health, and your business. Be intentional. Be disciplined. And realize those small steps will move you toward your ultimate goal of success.￼￼