Is the glass half empty?
Is the glass half full?
Some friend you are.. calling me a pessimist.. I think of myself as a person who is realistic.
The glass is always full, just not full of what you want or expect.
Walk around in a bubble and you are bound to see the world from your own 360 degree perspective. This doesn’t really reflect what is truly going on in THE world, just YOUR world. It is shame really when you think about how business is today. Long gone are the days when you trust anyone. I second guess almost everything because I have a hard time with trust. I can trust but let us say I am cautious about it at this point. It is kind of sad because growing up in Co-op City in the Bronx, I could trust people. Of course we had our challenges but the only people that would steal from you would be the kids taking your lunch money. Business people, every day people had honor.
That is what this is about. You have a code? Do you honestly care about your business or the people working for you or with you? We don’t trust each other but you give all sorts of content to Facebook. We don’t seem to trust each other but Amazon wants you to trust them with your business. The truth is that we are being robbed and that is just real. We are losing ourselves in text and media. We are losing our honor and our ability to treat each other with kindness. We don’t trust each other and we have to find a way back to that. We have to find ways to trust each other and build trusted partnerships. We also have to realize that we are being robbed.
How can we trust each other or learn to trust each other?
It seems to me that businesses need to start talking about trust and honoring their word.
- We need to start practicing honest behaviors and proving ourselves as honorable people.
- We need to define and follow up on a code of ethics and actually mean what we say.
- We need to start communicating better and we need to start this by active listening.
This is our world today.
The WheelBarrel Story
There are many variations to this story. I have seen a lot of churches use this in their literature but it isn’t religious.
There once was a man who worked at a factory. He worked at this factory for 30 years. And
about 20 years into his time there, the owners of the factory decided that the workers were
stealing things, so they set up guards at the gate to check all the workers every day as they left.
And every evening for those 10 years, five nights a week, this guy walked through those gates,
trundling his wheelbarrow, and the guards could see, every evening, that the wheelbarrow was
empty. They checked his pockets and all. They were sure that this guy wasn’t stealing anything.
Finally he retired, and the next week one of his co-workers commented as he left the factory,
“Well, we’ll see a lot less theft now that he’s gone.”
“Why? What was he stealing?” the guard demanded.
The co-worker grinned: “Wheelbarrows.”
Where are your wheelbarrows going?
Just a thought..