"No free Wi-Fi here?"
"I was stuck in traffic, but at least I had satellite radio."
"What do you mean my smart phone froze up?"
"The grocery store was really busy...what a hassle."
"We're meeting in the new state-of-the-art building on campus."
"I wish we could find some good people for these jobs."
Wait A Minute
Maybe I've missed seeing them.
Good Corporate Citizen? Really?
My organization does a tremendous amount of good in the community. I'm not talking about that corporate citizen. I'm taking about the human citizen. Me. What is it that I'm doing to reach out and connect to those either inside or outside my organization to lend a helping hand? Regardless of what I might put on the list, the real question is whether or not it's enough?
Many times we default to the circle we live in: neighborhoods, colleagues, friends with similar jobs and kids and neighborhoods. When do we take a time-out and decide to look in unfamiliar places? Isn't that choice part of leadership too? If we're in the business of providing Human Resources leadership, perhaps we should reach out to other humans in addition to the ones we're paid to provide support?
“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee. ” - Marian Wright Edelman
How About You
Does your day start and end with your flashy car, the latest iPhone, and a power suit? That's okay if it does. The issue is what you do in between your morning commute and last look at your email at night. Does it include reaching out to embrace the diversity around you; or, do you need to check the release date of the newest gadget instead?
I'd love to hear from you.
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