What Goes Around Comes Around—Finding Gold in the Golden Rule
Growing up, my parents always taught me to "treat people the way I would like to be treated." Maybe your parents taught you a similar lesson. Of course, as an elementary school-aged kid, treating people how we wanted to be treated mostly involved choosing whether to name call, share, tease, or go to birthday parties. The intent of the rule doesn't change with age, but the specific actions do evolve. For instance, treating someone how we'd like to be treated today is more likely to mean we respond to an email quickly or give someone a raise. Still, we make decisions related to sharing, teasing, or going to birthday (or other types of) parties. Entrepreneurs make lots of decisions and interact (hopefully) with lots of people, from customers to employees. How often do you think about your actions coming back around to you? When making decisions and interacting with others, do you ever consider how you would like to be treated? Consider these scenarios:
- Someone asks you to be her/his guest of honor at an upcoming event. You have to (a) decide if you will go and (b) let her/him know that you will or won't attend. Do you respond immediately, giving that person the most advanced notice possible, or do you delay?
- An employee of yours has been exceeding expectations for the past two years and is surely worth more than her/his current compensation. If you were in her/his shoes, you'd expect a raise. Do you give that person a raise?