ego: noun: 1. the self 2. an inflated sense of self-significance
Ego can get in the way of everything.
Imagine a world without it. There'd be no...
- Toes to step on
- Feelings to hurt
- Fair shares to grab
- Territory to defend
- Fault to allocate
- Back to watch
- Last words to get
- Ideas to hold back
- Embarrassment to bear
- Battles to win
- Knowledge to prove
- Entitlement to have
- Encouragement to withhold
- Credit to seek
- Grudges to hold
- Jealousy to feel
- Revenge to take
- Hidden meanings to construe
How to Be No Ego...
BE HUMBLE. Understand you are a (small) part of the world. Service and patience should be top priorities.
BE TEACHABLE. Focus on what you can learn, rather than what you know. Almost everything you learn comes from the work of someone else.
LISTEN MORE. Make every effort to truly understand what others are saying (beyond just words). Allow a gap of silence before responding. Ask questions (and listen, again).
APPRECIATE PEOPLE. Enjoy others’ contributions. Don’t squelch ideas or defend territory. Encourage more.
RELAX. Let go of the need to be right or win every time.
How do you help people dump the egos?
Our little reminder cards can help. Reminder on the front. Solution on the back.
Share them. Have a conversation around the ideas. Make the points a topic for a quick (and important) meeting.
"With awareness, comes responsibility." - Sam Parker