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...
STAY HUMBLE. Understand you are a (small) part of the world. Patience and service should be top priorities.
BE TEACHABLE. Focus more on what you can learn and less on showing what you know. Remember that much of what you know began with the work of someone else.
LISTEN MORE. Try to truly understand what people are saying (beyond just words). It makes for better connections. 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 people 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