Those of you who know me – know that my tagline is Be the Change You Wish to See.
I wish I could take credit for this brilliant statement but that would have to go to Mahatma Gandhi who specifically said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Basically It means that YOU have to be the change that you want to see in others or in situations …to truly embody or personify the change. Moreover, that you can be a catalyst for change by being a reflection of the very change you are looking for others to make happen.
If you want to be respected …you need to give respect and act respectful
If you want your colleagues to embrace difficult challenges then you have to embrace difficult challenges
If you want your organization to venture out into uncharted territory then you have to be willing to experiment and try new things you have never done before
If want senior management to make decisions quicker when things are uncertain then you have to make decisions even when you may not have all the answers
If you want your manager to help you advance in your career then you have to help others advance in their careers
If you want your colleagues to recognize your value and contribution than you have to recognize the value and contributions that others provide
If you want the freedom to make mistakes in the name of innovation then you can’t penalize or blame others when mistakes are made
If you want a seat at the table you will have to make room for others at your table
And so it goes … A somewhat simple concept but often hard to do.
So the next time you are thinking about the changes you would like your organization, your management, your colleagues and even your significant others to make …
Don’t forget To Be the Change You Wish to See!