Give What’s Missing

As a colleague of Nan’s I regularly post here about work and sometimes life. I’d label myself an avid reader. I enjoy a combination of an e-reader and the printed page. I need to see book titles as I go through my daily activities. I have bookcases in my office, in several rooms at home plus a stack by my nightstand. They keep me grounded and often spark an idea or provide inspiration. The other day, I was flipping through a well-read book and came across this passage. I think it offers both a thoughtful perspective and a ‘how to’ for getting results in today’s complex workplaces. And, I thought I’d share:

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If everyone is shouting, what’s missing is quiet reason.

If everyone is pointing fingers, what’s missing is accountability.

If everyone is finding fault, what’s missing is praise and recognition.

If everyone is in agreement, what’s missing is another perspective.

If everyone is focused on short-term gains, what’s missing is long-term thinking.

If everyone is thinking about their own department, what’s missing

is thinking bigger.

If everyone is cutting corners, what’s missing is quality results.

If everyone is focused on what to do, what’s missing is how to do it.

If everyone is afraid to speak up, what’s missing is the courage to find your voice.

If everyone is being like everyone, what’s missing is being yourself.

Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction, ends up being the biggest one of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step.” – Naeem Callaway

*If this message resonates with you, you may recognize it as Nan’s work. You can find it and related tips in Nibble Your Way to Success: 56 Winning Tips for Taking Charge of Your Career by Nan S. Russell – click here