Do Unto Others
There are times in our strive to move up in the workplace when we can become overly anxious to make ourselves look good to those high powers, that we sometimes mistreat or disrespect others. Sometimes we do this without giving a second thought to how the other person or persons may feel, or it could be we are so used to behaving in this manner that we aren’t even aware that we act this way until it is brought to our attention on our own accord or by someone.
Take Rachel Douglas, a senior technical director at a high-profile tech firm located in San Jose California the capital of what’s known as “Silicon Valley.” Rachel is very bright, attractive, well liked and well known within the firm, and most admire her go-getter enthusiasm around the office. That is until it gets out of control. You see, Rachel has this terrible habit of when someone is speaking with someone especially if they are speaking with a higher up she interrupts. She does so, without excusing herself and totally disregards how the person she has cut-off may feel or how it makes her appear rude and disrespectful.
Well, one day Rachel was talking to the head of the organization in which she works, about a great idea she had regarding a large project she was the lead on. Rachel was articulating in her usual enthusiastic manner when suddenly the head of her organization’s boss (Gwen Taylor) came by wanting to speak with him and totally dismissed Rachel and her conversation and without excusing herself in the process. Of course, this made Rachel feel slightly disregarded by the incident, but what could she do except go on her merry way. The next day the same scenario happened to Rachel as she was trying to finish the conversation she was trying to start the day before. And again Rachel felt disregarded. Yet, after going back to her desk and thinking about the way Gwen had totally disregarded her and how it made her feel, Rachel had an epiphany and begin thinking about what Claire another employee at the firm had mentioned to Rachel how she felt when Rachel had interrupted her conversation with her boss just last week. Rachel now understood what and how Claire felt. Sometimes in life, we can become oblivious to the way we may treat others and we need an eye-opener before we can understand how our actions can make others feel.
The moral here is simply do unto others as you wish to be done unto you.