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Build Community

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

With family, something is unique. You hurt when they hurt. You laugh when they laugh. You feel what they feel.

But elsewhere, it’s hard to find this same genuine support, this feeling of real community.

Your son’s hockey team wins the championship – a game winner scored by the team captain with 10 seconds remaining. It’s great that they won, of course, but you and your boy both wish that time could go back, so HE could score the game-winning goal.

Tim, your buddy in the cubicle down the hall, pretty much just won the lottery. He closed a monstrous deal with a customer who would’ve bought anything from anyone. You’re mature enough to congratulate him, but dang, you begin to think that he doesn’t deserve this kind of luck. YOU deserve this kind of luck! Right?

We’ve all been there. And it isn’t good. More than anything, this ME, ME, ME mentality gets in the way of establishing a sense of community, a sense of family, in the workplace.

Imagine just for a second what things would look like if everyone had each other’s best interests at heart.

When Jim closes the deal, you’re so excited for him that it may as well have been you.

When Marcia gets sick, she’s on your mind.

When Sally gets promoted, you’re thrilled.

When Tom struggles with his project, you assist him as if it were your own. When the business thrives, YOU feel fantastic!

A sense of family and community at work—now wouldn’t that be something? So why not make it that way?