What’s it like to work with you?

Fresh from a corporate leadership course and amidst the various organisational psychology models, it was one particular quote which struck a chord with me:

What’s it like to be on the receiving end of you?

Truthfully, I’ve never really spent much time considering it. Apart from days like today when I’ve been on a course, and arrive back at work the following day, full of good intentions and plans for how to be a better, more productive version of myself. But then life gets in the way, and my plans fall by the wayside.

However this time, on my journey home, I reflected on what I might consider a typical day in the office: I’ll likely be rushing from meeting to meeting, with a few spare moments in between to say hello to colleagues, or grab a cup of coffee. I couldn’t help but wonder what sort of message that would be projecting to my colleagues. Do I ever seem uninterested in what they have to say? I never want to be that person who just nods or agrees without actually hearing what someone has just said to me. If I’m listening, that individual should have my undivided attention. Especially so if there are just two of us.

Photo credit: Nicolai Berntsen

Now I take a more mindful approach, with my aim to leave a positive impression. It doesn’t matter whether I’m at work, or at the grocery store, I want the interaction I have with someone to always be a genuine version of me. I take the time to ask how the other person is, and show a genuine interest in them as a human being, because I genuinely care. The result is being more selfless and giving a little bit of kindness back to the world.

Unfortunately, it seems commonplace for people to be more focused on the number of likes they received on a recent social media post, than on how they’re making someone feel by ignoring the person right in front of them.

So go on, put your phone away and dare to look up and around you. You might make someone’s day.

Photo credit: Kalen Emsley
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