I had the privilege of attending a seminar hosted by leadership consultant, Donald G. Dipaolo. At this seminar, Donald shared many concepts that could be used to make ourselves finer members of society. Below are some ideas than I hope will inspire you to introduce more kindness into the world.
1. Without wax
We are all human! Thus we want to be accepted–have a sense of “belonging.” For some, it’s easier to put on a persona so that they can be accepted. However, this steals their individuality—that is who they truly are.
Challenge yourself to be honest to who you are!
2. You need to be dying to be living
It’s figurative not literal. It means that you need to be willing to shed yourself of your destructive habits to be a better person. People make mistakes but if they learn from them, then they will be better of that before.
What bad habits can you release today?
3. Pardon and peace
One of Donald’s parents was in the hospital and he couldn’t come up with the right “last words.” A priest happened to come by and said these words, “pardon and peace.” So what do these words mean? It’s about forgiveness. You can’t get past the bitterness of a bad situation until you truly forgive. Think of how better the world would be if this was something that people did more often—accept that we are all human and make mistakes and be willing to forgive each other. Who will you forgive today?
An activity that you can use in your next meeting
Donald G. Dipaolo showed a small carton of eggs to a group. He then opened the carton to show that the eggs were not damaged but all intact. He asked for some volunteers. He then remove one egg, cracked it, and replaced it in the carton. He asked the first person—if you saw this at the store—would you purchase these eggs? I expected everyone to say no but the reactions were not that:
- One person said, its only one bad egg and the rest are alright so yes he would buy it.
- Another person outright say no—they are gross.
- The third person saw a positive from the situation. One egg is cracked and made a mess—but the rest are okay so then I could get the carton at a huge savings.
The purpose of this activity was to bring to light how we handle situations as leaders—that there are several ways to approach things—that the easiest way may not be the right choice.
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