By Nancy Fraze
“Consideration for others can mean taking a wing instead of a drumstick.” – Garth Henrichs
Consider whether or not you are a considerate person. The definition of considerate is, “having or marked by regard for the needs or feelings of others.”
Do you stop and consider how you affect others in your office? Do their needs always drown under the seeming urgency of yours? Do you think about whether or not you are having a positive or negative effect on your co-workers, your managers, your team leaders and your network?
We bring with us a cloud or a rainbow, every day. We influence the “weather” around us. If we are self-centered consistently we are not considerate. If we choose to not interact with our office mates, or fail to communicate our out of office plans in advance, we are not considerate. If we take all the prime vacation weeks before others get a shot at them, we are not considerate. If we take the last donut, well, you get the idea!
Try taking a wing. Open the door for others. Let someone else pick first. Give space and opportunity for someone else to have their say, make their wish and get their drumstick.
After all: isn’t that the world you want to succeed in, anyway? I think Addison Walker said it best, “It’s not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are winners before the game even starts.”
You don’t know what others around you are dealing with, what bad news they received before work, or what the doctor’s prognosis for their mom was. Be kind. Be considerate. And be gracious.
That is what success is made of.