Breaking the Golden Rule

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Dec 27, 2016

Pictured Above: Doug Grimm, Vice President & General Manager at Collabrance, encourages team members during a team building exercise.

"Treat others the way you THEY want to be treated."

If you’re a leader thinking about your New Year's Resolution(s) and interested in building stronger relationships with your team, you have to remember - it’s not always about you. Disengagement can occur when someone feels like their needs and desires are not being met. Treating people the way YOU want to be treated can be viewed as self-serving and may not always fulfill someone else’s needs. Instead of following the Golden Rule, “treat others the way YOU want to be treated,” think about it differently by putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, and thinking about what it is THEY want and need.

Yes, it’s harder to treat others the way THEY want to be treated because it drives you to:

  • Listen first and talk second
  • Ask more questions
  • Understand that your way may not be the best or only way
  • Take interest in someone’s personal and professional interests
  • Uncover someone’s strengths and weaknesses

In order to build stronger, meaningful relationships, you have to put in the effort to appreciate people for who they are and provide them with what they need. Breaking this golden rule can be beneficial especially with millennials whom studies have shown work for purpose, not a paycheck. As a business leader, make it one of your New Year's Resolutions to connect with your team by treating others the way THEY want to be treated.

Category: Personnel

About The Author

Doug Grimm

Doug Grimm, Vice President and General Manager, is responsible for the overall vision, including sales, marketing, operations, strategic leadership and financial performance. Prior to joining Collabrance in 2012 as the Senior Analyst, Doug started at GreatAmerica in 2002. Before working at GreatAmerica, he served in various finance and accounting roles for a publicly traded company in the telecommunications industry. Doug began his professional career with Arthur Andersen LLP. In his tenure with GreatAmerica, he has held various positions within the finance department, and also served as the Director of Sales in the Office Equipment Group. Doug earned his B.A. in Accounting from Luther College and was a Certified Public Accountant.