My friend Peter (not his real name), is the GM of a large manufacturing plant. I caught up with him last week over a cup of coffee, and was surprised to hear he was helping his number-2 to apply for a better position in another plant!
Why is Peter helping his number-2 leave? Because it’s the right thing to do!
Huh? What does that mean? It’s quite simple actually. For the sake of his number-2’s career development, Peter is encouraging him to move on, and is actively helping him with the search process. Peter is selflessly putting the needs of others above his own. Peter is doing the right thing!
He could have easily done things right by making his number 2 stay, give him more money, maintain the status quo and cruise along. Instead, Peter is doing the right thing in helping a young man grow and live up to his potential. Peter isn’t taking the easy way out, he’s taking the much harder route, but it doesn’t matter because it’s the right thing to do.
It would be really nice to do the right thing today, and every day, wouldn't it? So how about doing the right thing for someone after reading this, and make your workplace, your home, or anywhere in between just that much better?
What are some simple things you could do immediately? Consider these suggestions:
- really listen to your staff when they see you without replying to email and sending text messages at the same time,
- smile at the next random person you meet - just for fun,
- send a handwritten birthday card instead of an electronic one,
- mentor your high potential team member for just 15 minutes every week,
- say 'thank you' to your boss of your staff just because it’ll make them feel appreciated,
- help someone else like my friend Peter is doing!
Do the right thing, and do let me know how it goes! Write me firstname.lastname@example.org.