I listened to my heart Every day As it shares from within And I write them out as words Sometimes as verses At times it’s measured In moderation. Its a zen moment For there is clarity In just a few words shared.
Then there are times They flow like a river A torrent in a current Patterning itself In its own making Words come through me As if it needs to be spoken Sharing the sensitivity Of the moments at hand. I listen simply with rapt attention. For in the slightest flutter In every movement in the moments Or the depth of silence. There is always something more.
Respect is an understanding Of another life right to be. To express and be acknowledged. Respect is deeply entwined in true humility . To be humble enough to accept that there is always something more to learn. To explore, know & acknowledge.
In my stints, as a Consultant & Mentor I have been privy to many interviews for Senior leadership positions I have noticed often enough that the decline of respect is directly proportional to higher job titles. And so is incline for the need for self respect. Let me explain, in the years of experience garnered over the years often there an increase in self – confidence so much so that the need to be seen as important takes over in conversations.
I witnessed an interview to hire a VP Human Resources by the CEO. The candidate was a lady in her 40s and the CEO interviewing her in his fifties. Age apart the interview exchange veered in the direction of Corporate Culture. In her steering the communication in the direction of her association with brands and people, throwing out top industry names than her personal achievements, she also began calling the CEO by name , without checking if it was fine by him. The fact was 250 employees of the company used to greet & address him respectfully and here this candidate, choose to address him directly by first name without a proper professional salutation ahead of the name.
While it was fine as she didn’t know anything about the culture of the company, it was a sign of lack of acknowledgement by the candidate of the cultural hierarchies and shows the inflexibility and rigidity to align with others. A sign of ego and need for value for self but lack of empathy for another.
So inspite of the candidate ticking other boxes on the requirements list she was rejected. Don’t get me wrong it was not because she did not care for professional salutations but more importantly because it was a sign of defiance to protocol and authority.
A team needs one leader and like too many cooks spoil the broth, too many non compliant leaders will wreck havoc in any organisation. For work is worship as the saying goes…and the ability to respect the work one does and the workplace that accepts us, becomes paramount in the scheme of best work practices.
For even if the candidate had been onboarded the team would eventually sense a lack of cultural fitment in her soon . So no matter the degrees the education in reputed universities, the travel abroad and working in MNCs a simple life’skill of giving due respect wherever necessary is a valuable skill. For no ones loses anything by it . Actually respect given, is trust gained.
After all every part of the world has its unique culture practices, it would be good to be safe than sorry by treading with care & respect and acknowledge differences.
After all respect is not taking another for granted.
Power of Water Gentle yet forceful Soft yet unstoppable Focused no matter the fluidity Carving streams eroding rocks Strengthened in adaptability Transformative in the flow. Harness the power of the flow