Mention the word change and a collective groan is often heard in conference rooms and offices regardless of your location. Change is painful, we too often believe. Change will be uncomfortable and may create a scenario wherein you lose control. You may not like the end product; then you have to change it back. Change just might break your business, or a relationship, or you personally. Change is a six letter four letter word. Why?
On this day, not only is International Pipe & Supply celebrating its 40 year anniversary but my father, Al Karchmer, the oldest known steel pipe distributor, is turning 98 years old.
I was in the Dojo the other day and our Sensei was calling up the children for awards, and upon calling up the White belts he stated: “The white belts are the most important people in the Dojo.” He went on to say, “ We all remember being a white belt, and how the feeling of being lost and uncoordinated and the thought of “I will never be a black belt,” felt, but without white belts there would no one to hand the lineage down, no one to carry on the tradition. So you, white belt, are the most important to me”
I’ve noticed a trend in posts and articles on social media explaining why being kind is a sure-fire way to be taken advantage of. The subtext is that leaders are too kind when they are agreeable, or when they ignore poor performance, or are becoming too deluded and diluted with busy schedules. These texts lead one towards thinking the act of being kind is a weakness, with the outcome of kindness pre-destined to be problematic.