False assumptions are common between EVERYDAY PEEPS, folks. Teammates can be on COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PAGES regarding the EXACT same situation. “IT”… all depends on the position from which you view it. Come along… “THIS” is one of those “DIFFICULT” and painful memories from the past…
Danielle had been placed in the care of a private sitter upon my return to work post maternity leave back in 1997. The private sitter set the terms. We agreed. “I” felt so, So, SO proud that I paid her the full amount, EVERY WEEK, according to the terms SHE had set. “I” was paying “HER” price for her service. PROMPTLY!!!
Unbeknownst to me… “SHE” considered “ME” to be her BOSS when “I” considered myself to be her customer. And “SHE” had gotten upset that I had not offered to pay more for her services despite the terms of HER agreement. Hhhmmm… “THIS,” to me, was comparable to paying extra money for a purchased item at the check-out counter!!! Paying more than charged??? Boy, and Danielle had been under her care for less than 3 months at that point of the sitter’s explosion.
Hhhmmm… I felt proud for paying her price for her service without delay. And she… had gotten angry that I didn’t pay MORE than she charged. DOUBLE Hhhmmm, Hhhmmm… What??? Are you serious??? Our different views of the same situation were COMPLETELY OPPOSITE!!! SAME SITUATION… DIFFERENT VIEWS!!! INCREASING RESENTMENT. NO COMMUNICATION. EXPLOSION!!! SEVERED WORKING RELATIONSHIP…
NEGATIVE EMOTIONS ARE COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE. Discuss “ISSUES” and seek to resolve them before allowing an unnecessary explosion to occur that may sever a team’s ability to work together.
DO NOT ASSUME ANYTHING. Perhaps an important issue to you might be trivial to another. Perhaps that issue could become more important to ALL if discussed as a “TEAM”. Perhaps issues may need to be addressed again, And Again, AND AGAIN. As necessary.
“LIFE IS DIFFICULT!!! FOR EVERYBODY. EVERYWHERE.
P.H.P., folks. People Helping People.
Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today… “EVERY” day!!!
GO TEAM!!! WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!
ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!! AMEN.