If we don’t lead with kindness, who will?
S. Max Brown makes a good point. Let’s meet his challenge and raise our hands. Let’s bring on kindness at work!
With so many hours of our adult lives spent at work, we would all welcome more kindness, but how to do it?
Many years ago, our executive leadership and HR rolled out the sandbox campaign. We didn’t realize the good leadership wisdom contained on those wallet-carrying-sized cards sent with fanfare to all employees. We threw the cards away or those of us who were more politically-savvy displayed the cards on our desks, becoming dusty and forgotten until replaced with the next employee engagement initiative.
Laminated on the cards were these simple rules:
- Throwing sand is never OK.
- Being mean will eventually result in you playing, unhappily, on your own.
- No taking of other peoples buckets without asking
- No kicking or breaking other peoples sandcastles
- Playing nice with others is best.
If we had only embraced those rules!
We do have a second chance. You have a second chance. Did you catch the HuffPost Healthy Living article about the advice from sage third graders (!) on how to ripple kindness throughout the world? I’m gathering inspiration from them.
How about you?
Would you be willing to apply these 50 ideas for kindness from third graders at your place of work?
Try a few today. See the difference manifest in your work world and then try a few more. Note: Words in brackets [ ] are my additions.
1. Smile at a stranger.
2. Say thank you to the bus driver. […or your project manager]
3. Help someone carry her heavy groceries. [What’s on our plates at work can be heavy if we have to do it alone.]
4. Hold the door open for someone else.
5. Leave a kind note for someone whom you usually don’t get along with.
6. Give your Mom a hug and tell her you appreciate her. [How about a hug for your mentor?]
7. Sing a song to your teacher! [Early in my career, I worked in the “pit”, a communal room full of programmers. We, in the pit, would break out in a pop tune, changing the words to suit our situation. What an energy changer ~ even with songs sung on the dark side! What a relief from the dreariness of the pit.]
8. Let someone else choose the game and play it — even if you don’t like it.
9. Let someone else have a seat on the bus or subway. [Encourage someone else to sit in the good seat at the meeting and let them be heard.]