In my last post, I wrote about the importance of how you treat people. A recent Medium article by Benjamin P. Hardy has some interesting advice on how to interact with others: treat everyone as if they are dealing with serious challenges.
I find this advice intriguing. In order to follow it, you turn around the norms of interaction and make big assumptions, that may not be true. The power in this, however, is that you treat every person with kindness and compassion, whether their present circumstances are challenging or not. If this is the concept that gets you there, so be it.
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Often, people make a strict demarcation between their work and personal lives. What may be good traits in their personal life, may not be in their work life. As I began my career, I was often advised not to show certain personal traits at work. I would not be taken seriously if I did. How many of us, men and women, hide our humanity in order to be “taken seriously” and to succeed at work?
Kindness is part of your humanity. Is there no room for kindness at work? As I ask this question, what are you thinking? Is kindness a sign of weakness? Is kindness a positive attribute?
What do you think would happen if more people practiced kindness at work?
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