Peace in the Office
Working environments, especially law
offices, aren't often thought of as places where peace of spirituality can
be discussed. Yet, many offices could use more peace to defray the stress
caused by the very nature of the work done in those offices. Peace is also
a very intimate word because it has very personal meaning for each one of
us. Quite simply, peace in the office begins with you, what's going on inside
of you when your internal "peace thermometer" goes off the scale, and how
you deal with it. As the Personal Creed poems imply - the only person you
can really fundamentally control and change is yourself. All others will choose
how much your power, leadership, or influence will cause them to change themselves.
With that in mind, let's look at Steven
"Seek first to understand...
Then to be understood.
It is important to understand the several
ways we are diverse and how understanding that diversity can make us, our
office and the people in it, a very powerful and peaceful team. In understanding
- Our styles of knowing:
Auditory, Visual, Kinesthetic
- Thinking Styles:Practical
to Ideal and Global to Analytical
- Learning Style: People
oriented and data/thing oriented
- Personality Styles: Dominant,
Influencing, Steadiness and Conscientious
- Listening Styles: Appreciative,
Evaluative, Understanding and Active
- Behavioral Styles: Driver,
Amiable, Expressive, Analytical
- Styles of Intelligence
For instance, some people are extraordinary
listeners, but not good writers. Some great writers are terrible listeners.
Some people are extremely good at sorting out technical data, but are very
uncomfortable with relating to feelings of any kind.
Some people are dominant drivers who
like to get things done quickly. They are highly organized, systematic in
their approaches to problem solving, can handle much ambiguity and abstract
information, and speak very articulately. But others may be uncomfortable
around these folks because dominant drivers may have a tendency to not listen
well, may be unsupportive, or may lack amiable/personable characteristics
of warmth nd compassion.
Some folks are competent in one area
or task and are very fearful of making mistakes when given a new or unfamiliar
task to perform. Their perfectionistic/conscientiousness tendencies often
don't allow for an attitude of experimentation to surface that allows the
making of mistakes with the new learning to be OK.
Some people can hear information or
instructions one time and remember them verbatim. Others must see the information
and/or do something with it before it is learned. Some are good with people,
others are good with data or things. Some are good with details, while others
prefer a more global perspective. That is the value of diversity.
The good news is that even though we
all have predominant style, we can stretch into new areas or styles, especially
if we develop a positive attitude toward that stretching. An appreciation
and understanding of others' styles is paramount to this process. In order
to stretch and flex, look for things you haven't been seeing before, listen
for things you haven't been hearing before, and feel things you haven't
been feeling before. Remember to enjoy the stretching and growing!
Claudia's version of the Peace Poem
Lord, use me to create more peace in this world.
When there is a late report, let me understand why.
Where there is jealousy or discontent,
may I provide the strength &
leadership to move ahead.
Where there is mistrust, may I teach others about trust.
Where there is too much competition, may I sow cooperation
Where there is ignorance, may I teach with compassion,
Where there is fear of failure, may I support & encourage,
Where there is unhappiness, may I sow joy
Where there are misunderstandings, may I peacefully get the air cleared.
Where there is conflict,
may I have the knowledge, skills
and wisdom to create successful solutions.
And in all circumstances, may I be the one who seeks peace.
Please call, mail, or
with your comments or for more information.
Advocates Management, Inc.
1332 South 26th Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Voice: (877) ADVOCATES (toll free)
Fax: (920) 684-4414
Who We Are
Research, Success at Lawsm
, Helping Law Firms Win The Futuresm
and Personal Attorney are all trademarks and service marks of Advocates
Management, Inc., and may not be used without its express written permission.
All of the materials in this web site are the copyrighted property of Advocates
Management, Inc., and may not be printed, copied, transferred, downloaded
or the like without our express written permission. However, that permission
is usually given and is just a toll free telephone call away.