In your offices have you stopped to think that everyone is important? Do you think that everyone will have a contribution to make? Do you know the names of the people you interact with everyday? Some companies give name badges to people so that when they meet their leaders, they would call them by name. Why, because people feel important when a supervisor knows their name!
During Mark’s first month of college, the professor gave his students a pop quiz. He was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until he read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was some kind of joke. He had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would he know her name? He handed in his paper, leaving the last question blank.
Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward the quiz grade. “Absolutely,” said the professor. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They each deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say ‘hello’”. Mark never forgot that lesson. He also learned her name was Dorothy.
Everyone in your life is important just like the people you give importance to.At the same time, beware of people who want to feel important, because they may not feel bad to stamp over people and ‘go for the kill.’
“Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm. But the harm does not interest them.” -T. S. Eliot