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|I once worked as secretary to the president of an organizational management
consulting firm. He and most of the consultants were Tulane University professors and
they all took pride in their work ethic, their professionalism and their excellent
reputation. Their work was based on the psychology involved in workplace interaction.
Basically, they went into a company and taught people how to get along and the
harmony that was created by the resultant sense of teamwork helped production and
efficiency, which was, of course, the ultimate goal of the company.
One day, one of the consultants stopped by my office for a chat. I decided to share a
theory I'd developed from my time in helping design and assemble the various
workbooks used in their efforts. I told him that the elaborate testing and training they
employed could really be boiled down to one quick sentence of instruction - and they
wouldn't even have to travel, they could deliver it by phone: "Do unto others as you
would have others do unto you."
He smiled and nodded in the way that someone does when he thinks your idea is less
than stellar, but is too polite to say so, and went on his way. But, later that day, he came
back and told me that he'd been thinking about what I said and he had come to the
conclusion that I was exactly right. Everything in their programs - every teaching
module, every role-play activity, everything - was included in that one sentence.
The title of the page comes from a quote by Robin Sharma: "The respect you give to
others is, in reality, a reflection of the respect you give to yourself."
I've always thought of Autumn as a time for soul-searching reflection. Perhaps now, in
the times in which we find ourselves, reflection is more important than ever.
|A spring rain makes me think of lilacs and peonies, but an
Autumn rain puts me in a reflective mood, makes me think of
things that were and things that could be. -- Jane Hillman Scott
|Neither wealth, nor fame can show the greatness of the soul.
Only kindness can do that. -- Jean Baptiste Lacordaire
|We've got to make this world a better world
than the one in which we live.
We've got to help each man be a better man
with the kindness that we give.
Now's the time for all good men
to get together with one another.
We've got to iron out our problems
and iron out our quarrels
and try to live as brothers;
Try to find some peace of mind
without stepping on one another.
Show respect to the women of the world;
remember, we all had mothers.
We've got to take care of the children,
the sweet little children of the world.
They're our only hope for the future,
the little bitty boys and girls.
I know we can make it.
I know darn well we can work it out.
Yes we can, why can't we?
If we want to, yes we can.
As written and performed by Allen Toussaint
on the CD, "Our New Orleans, 2005"