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Creating a place to show and earn respect
10/28/2006 - Hilary Drummond and Anitat Bakker, Southern Exposure Weekend

Creating a Place of Respect

Do you feel respected and valued at work?

How do you show the people in your life that you respect them?

 

Recently I have spoken to many people working in organizations who are tired of all the political intrigue and maneuverings that take away from the beauty of what their jobs could really offer them.  People who work in the school systems and love the children they work with, but hate the pettiness. People who work in the hospitals and love dealing with the patients, but have problems with their coworkers.  They are waiting for someone else to fix it which inadvertently diminishes their personal power.

 

What if all the individuals working in these organizations started treating each other with great respect and kindness?  Would these issues change?  

 

Consider the story of the declining monastery where the members were getting older and older, with no new members joining.  One old monk went to visit his friend the rabbi and they consoled each other with conversations of how the young people were no longer interested in the monastic life.  On leaving his friend, the monk asked the rabbi for advice and the rabbi replied that all he knew was that the savior lived at the monastery.  When the old monk returned to the monastery he told the other monks what the rabbi had said.  Everyone wondered: “Who could be the savior?  Was it old Brother John, who looked after the garden?  Was it the old Prior who was so wise?  Or could it be one of them?”  They started treating each other with great respect and dignity and started treating themselves the same way as they never knew who the savior could be.  Soon an air of great serenity and kindness lay around the monastery and people started to come and visit. Young people would bring picnics up to the grounds and spend time talking to the old monks.  Soon some young men decided to join this community and not too many years after that initial visit the monastery was a thriving community once again.

 

Each one of us has the power to change the organizations we work in through our own behaviour and attitudes.

 

I have found that even if you do not feel particularly respectful that if you act respectful eventually that feeling will come to you.

 

How could you make your workplace more like the one you would really love to work in?

 

What respectful and caring gesture can you make to one of your colleagues today?

 

How can you make your partner feel particularly respected and cared for?

 

Let us know what you do and how it works for you!!

 

 

 

Anita Bakker (anita@essentialsforexcellence.com) and Hilary Drummond (hilary@lecoach.net) are life and business coaches practicing in the south Okanagan.  They are both graduates from Royal Roads University and are committed to assisting others have the lives that they are meant to live.

 



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