It has been said that relationships are the sandpaper of our lives. That’s certainly an accurate description of the tone of this year’s presidential race. In your office, some days you may leave feeling scraped and buffed in your dealings with abrasive patients and impossible circumstances.
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But just as sandpaper is often used to produce a smooth finish, office relationships can indeed be the change agent for polishing your leadership skills. Employees and colleagues, even the ones with selfish motives or irritating habits, teach us to look inside ourselves and improve the way we relate. I encourage you to care more about improving the way you come across to others and less about being right.
Choose one goal to work on this week. You will enjoy increased productivity as you create a positive change in your practice’s culture.
Consider the ripple effect and its inevitable impact on practice growth and productivity. Like me, you will begin to see this year’s political rhetoric as a reminder of the importance of others-focused leadership.
1. “Sam Walton: Made in America” by Sam Walton with John Huey
2. Effects of Positive Practices on Organizational Effectiveness The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, January 26, 2011