How May I Help You?
In the drunken greed of the 1990s and 2000s, it looked as if customer service and servant leadership might take a nosedive and stay down in popularity. Most political and business pundits are now saying that we will not – any time soon- return to the spending and thinking habits of the last few decades. The economy has taken a severe beating and will likely require a long recovery. Many economists are saying the economy may never recover to the levels we have known in the past.
“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.”
–Max De Pree
With this new reality, important values that we have had a tendency in the past to overlook in the rush and hubbub of spiraling out of control… have become more comfortable for us again.
- simple pleasures such as watching a sunrise or sunset (it’s free!!)
- holding the door for someone
- a sincere smile at a stranger
- slowing down
- a return to spiritual roots
- saying thank you
- offering service to another
- volunteer work in the community
- writing thank you notes by “hand” and using stamps
- keeping the neighbor’s children so they can have a grown-up date
What things can you incorporate into your life to help another person?
“We are here to add what we can to, not get what we can from life.”
–Sir William Osler