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Friday, February 5, 2021

Lean Quote: Treat Others The Way They Want To Be Treated

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

"Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people.  —  Barbara Bush

As children, we’re often taught the Golden Rule: “Treat others as you want to be treated.” But the Platinum Rule takes it to a whole new level: “Treat others the way they want to be treated.”

When we follow the Platinum Rule, we can be more certain that we’re respecting what they want, instead of projecting our own values and preferences. That doesn’t mean we should ignore the Golden Rule altogether, but we should realize its limitations given that every person and every situation is so different.

It goes without saying, this has everything to do with your ability to demonstrate your emotional intelligence and, more specifically, empathy -- that underrated leadership strength of love where you imagine the world, or a situation, from someone else's point of view rather than your own.

True success in life also includes one’s ability to identify oneself in others. Even more so, treating others with dignity and respect is an important part of a successful life. It’s always easier to blame others for their shortcomings than to walk a mile in their shoes.

In the end, it’s not our wealth that remains of us long time after we’ve gone. What truly remains of us is the contribution we have made in life. The profound impact we had on other people’s lives. The way we help to make this world a better place. Helping other people and having a positive impact upon their lives is a key characteristic of truly successful individuals.

Measure your success in life not merely by the wealth you accumulate. Measure it by your ability to make a difference.

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1 comment:

  1. Great stuff, Tim! Bob Proctor (of The Secret) would say that you should 'Leave Everyone with the Feeling of increase'. Which is another way of saying the same thing. Of course, there are some difficulties with this as Richard Bach pointed out in 'Illusions'. For example, how should you treat a masochist?