I was 17, walking from the girls bathroom to my Geology class during passing period. I had an extra spring in my step that day – I looked so cute! I’ll never forget the grey shirt with black velvety stripes, the black pleated skirt ala Britney Spears coupled with my new patterned opaque tights and Mary Jane shoes. I spotted a couple of girls at their lockers looking as cute as me; but my boobs were bigger and my waist smaller and I thought to myself, “I look way better!” No sooner was I seated at my lab table then the Swedish exchange student walked over to me and said, “Kala…” he didn't have to finish his sentence. I knew immediately that I had walked down the hallway with my skirt tucked into the back of my tights and I was completely mortified! As a teenager I cringed at the event, as an adult I realize the lesson I was being taught. I wasn't better.
“Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.” Galatians 5:26 (New Living Translation)
More and more employers have put an emphasis on teamwork in the workplace, leaving little room for those who do not play nice with others. I recently transferred into and new job and replaced someone who was great. While it’s easier to find the things that he did poorly and showcase MY strengths, the real challenge is focusing on his wins and reminding myself that I am building upon that.
My way, his way… neither is better or worse. We lead differently plain and simple, we have a different approach to business, training and communication. I'm certain that I will be able to take my job to another level, I am also certain that a great leader can step away to let another shine; and for that I'm grateful for this chance.
“Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 (New Living Translation)
Stoplight Prayer: Father in Heaven, thank you for the talents you have given me. Help me to recognize when I am being selfish and when I’m frustrated, show me the bigger picture so that I can move on.