It’s interesting how we typically notice everything that’s wrong with our co-workers but fail to recognize our own faults and errors. If I were to ask you which of your co-workers were the loudest, messiest, laziest, gossips the most or who was arrogant, you could probably rattle off a list of names in record time.
My advice to you? Get the stick out of your own eye first! What is the “stick”? It represents your own faults that you fail to see. If you work in an organization where the culture or environment isn’t the best, before you begin to complain about what everyone else is (or isn’t) doing, ask yourself: How am I helping to fuel the environment that I dislike? For example, if you think that people gossip too much the question is, do you gossip? Ok…before you answer, let’s define gossip. Do you listen attentively (while trying to act like you’re not listening) to co-workers gossip about other employees or do you fail to stop gossip when you see or hear it taking place? Yes, that’s still gossiping.
The point of this post is not to say that you can’t identify and bring correction to others, the key is to make corrections to yourself before you are so quick to identify the faults of others. If everyone did this, the culture in organizations around the world would change dramatically.
Your quick action assignment this week is to identify the specific area you will change within yourself to make your organization a better workplace. Post your response on our facebook page.
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