Selfless Service

Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. – Philippians 2:3-4

I would bet that most leaders immediately process this message from a personal aspect: how they treat their team members.  But it struck me that those same leaders may not always consider this message when managing their team’s interactions within their organization.

Think about it.  How often during the average work day do we become defensive and territorial as we try to control our team’s operational environments?  In our minds, every task that we have pending is the most important of the day.  We can’t afford to be delayed or impeded by another team’s inability to accomplish their tasks on time.  Does this also ring true during our daily commutes as we encounter that other driver who is trying to pass in front of us, or driving too slowly? Or how about when we’re in a line at the store, stuck behind that person who was in no way ready to efficiently complete their purchase?

While our usual desire is to accomplish all of our tasks on time, we must always keep front and centered in our minds that we are part of something larger.  When faced with the frustration of a delay, consider how you or your team can assist the situation.  Maybe it’s a matter of temporarily realigning resources.  Maybe it’s simply a matter of patience.  After all, each team is working toward accomplishing the same overall goals of the organization.  Just as each person that we encounter during our daily routine is simply trying to accomplish their priorities; albeit in a manner which may sometimes be considered rude or inconsiderate.

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