A participant once shared, “I’m a high road person. But once in a while you’ve got to vent and take the low road.” The other twenty people in the room nodded in agreement. But one person didn’t. She saw it – and understood.
Here’s the elephant in the office: It’s a myth that venting and poor behavior is ever excusable. Why? Because the sum of our “it’s-only-once-in-a-while” behaviors equates to the culture we must all function in. When you and you and you and you and you and you are allowed to take the low road “every once in a while” we end up with a toxic culture.
Sadly, a toxic culture breeds even more “once-in-a-while” behaviors.
STOMP THE ELEPHANT
What are your expectations for your workplace culture? Should it be a place where people are allowed to be who they want to be (great)? Should it nurture forward-focus thinking? And do you expect others to function in a high road way, so as to contribute to a healthy culture?
If so, what is your contribution to your culture? The average amongst us rationalizes our poor behavior. “You don’t understand my situation,” they say. Or, “You don’t work for my boss.”
Ironic isn’t it? Some expect others to be flawless while they rationalize their own poor behavior. Such an illogical approach only ensures we perpetuate the very thing we despise.
You are either contributing to a toxic culture or a healthy culture. There’s no in between; there’s no room for “once-in-a-while” behaviors.
How badly do you want to work in a great culture? Are you willing to eliminate your “once-in-a-while” behaviors?
Where will you lead- where will you stomp elephants – today?