We have the opportunity on a moment to moment basis to elevate how others view us and elevate our eventual success. Is elevation always the result of our actions? Consider these examples.
You are exiting the airplane and waiting for your rows turn to leave. From behind your row comes a fellow passenger who has decided to cut in front of you. There wasn't an announcement of tight connections, they just want to leave at will and ignore airplane protocol.
You overhear a direct report talking to their manager casually on the way to the cafeteria. The manager brings up a small matter of concern. The direct report replies casually to the manager saying, "My bad, take it out of my paycheck".
You go up to a counter to place an order. Halfway through explaining what you want, the service provider stops and makes casual remarks to a colleague, breaking eye contact with you and putting you on hold for a discussion that has nothing to do with you.
It is easy to mine our experiences and find examples of behavior that do not elevate. And it isn't just an individual that is affected. It affects their organization. In the case of the passenger who cut in front of everyone on the plane, the logo worn revealed the organization for which the individual worked.
This month, we take time to analyze many opportunities in day-to-day behavior to elevate ourselves through our interactions. The Q and A tackles the impression food in cubicles and hugs in business interactions have. Our development challenge positions us to examine what we can do to make great first impressions. Our feature article gives wonderful tips for a speech that can elevate how people respond to you.
Just as April showers bring May flowers, our behavior in everyday interactions will create our future success. So take time this month to elevate and enjoy the eventual results.
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