Manufacture Your Day by CONSIDERING THAT PEOPLE ARE DIFFERENT
We are in this physical isolation lock down (I don’t like to call it social isolation) for 3 + weeks and today I want to point out how important it is to recognize that diversity is real and every person is unique.
We all have different
- thought processes
- coping mechanisms
which have to be considered, even more so during Covid19.
Don’t be a legend in your own mind. None of us is perfect and it is always good to remember that.
If you are in a management position, you have your hands full at the moment because you have to
- manage your team remotely,
- lead the way even though you are not sure where this is going,
- demonstrate empathy and concern,
- deal with questions for which you don’t have the answers,
- be optimistic and strong,
- work in the midst of other family members (and often small children) or deal with an all too lonely world,
all while managing yourself and your own stressors to get stuff done.
This is a test of extraordinary leadership.
Bravo for making the effort! Be gentle with yourself and don’t forget to take a few deep breaths in between.
All of this is super challenging and because this is taking longer than expected you may start observing changes within yourself and/or some of your team members. Be aware!
Please know that we become different people when we are stressed, and that our stress can and will contribute to other people’s stress.
The manufacturing industry is a tough industry and I have been told that managers are considered weak when they’re kind.
People who say that are often the result of a toxic management chain.
These times of physical isolation offer the perfect opportunity for managers to bring their teams closer together while working further apart. Strange, right? However, if done with a “people first” attitude, it will help to build a foundation of mutual trust and respect.
It has been said that people don’t trust you because they understand you, they trust you because you understand their perspective and challenges.
It doesn’t matter if you are a manager or not, I encourage you to be a leader in your own right.
None of us has ever experienced such a pandemic in our life time and this is the perfect time to improve our emotional intelligence.
It will make a tremendous difference if you are…
- kind without a specific reason
- personable by addressing people with their names
- conscious about building rapport with others
- curious about people’s lives (Is everybody in their home healthy? Do they need mental or emotional support? Do they need help and support?)
- respectful even when the person can do nothing for you
- helpful and supportive when you see someone else struggling
- empathetic and demonstrate sincere concern for others
- non-judgmental of people who are different than you are
- aware of your attitude and behaviour
- mindful what kind of energy you bring to a phone conference or to your family members
- positive and joyful because your emotional state is contagious
- observant when it comes to your team or the people around you (look at their skin tone, eyes, and how they walk, talk and behave)
Please always remember that every person has a different model of the world, which is based on their values, beliefs, thought process, upbringing, knowledge, past experiences, etc. We look differently at certain situations because our internal representation of the situation is different.
Covid19 is a situation we all have to deal with. The response to this situation will be different depending on the person and the meaning this person assigns to it, which in return creates his/her own reality (perception).
Confused? Don’t be.
This is the perfect opportunity to brush up your communication- and interpersonal skills.
What’s the worst that can happen?
You are kind for no reason. The world needs more of that.
I can assure you that kindness in 2020 has become a sign of strength, emotional intelligence and sincere concern for others.
Food for Thought:
I know you like people who have a similar thought process to you. However, the best learning experience is learning from people who are very different.
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