Please do not take the title of this post to heart. And no, given the verdict in the Casey Anthony trial yesterday I am not suggesting murder and the right defense attorney will actually allow you to succeed. I’m here to have some fun and offer some food for thought………
I’m currently reading the book Murder Packs a Suitcase by Cynthia Baxter. Last night I came across the following paragraph:
“……there was probably no greater mystery on earth than the reason one person was attracted to another. Couples had their own secret life, one that no one else has privy to. Even attempting to comprehend it was usually a waste of time.”
And it got me thinking of workplaces. Every company has that one person; that person we all wonder why the boss keeps him or her around; no matter how toxic they are to the environment. And you try to make some sense of it! Do they bring in so much revenue that it makes sense to keep them? Are they the biggest source of creativity and new ideas? Are they a catalyst for driving others to be better; even with what might be viewed as arrogance? Workplaces around the world are packed with people who make us all shake our heads in disbelief; lead us to just not understand.
Maybe we’re not supposed to understand. Maybe we’re just supposed to smile, laugh, secretly plot their demise at lunch, and do our best. Maybe those people, in their own “special” way, are giving us opportunity to get better at what we do? While their approach to life might be different and the way they express themselves might not be what we understand or how we express ourselves, perhaps we need to look past that and learn something that allows us to grow?
Maybe we need to question them and the thoughts behind their actions instead of running from those actions or having hallway/lunchtime conversations about those people? After all haven’t we all misinterpreted someones words or actions because we chose not to ask that person directly what exactly they mean, but choose to interpret those actions based on our beliefs? Maybe if we questioned them enough we would understand how they think and find out we have a lot more in common than we believe.
Because if you really think of it, a relationship between a couple is very similar to a boss/employee relationship.