Have you ever taken the time to really see the people that you interact with on a personal and not so personal level? If you really look closely you may find that some individuals are trapped within a time capsule. They still have the same wayward thinking, style of dress, and their behavior has never reached maturity. Their age is what betrays them…
Is it fair to say that the “stripes on a tiger never changes?” We are either building each other up or tearing each other down. Are you a builder or are you a demolisher? Some of us like to believe that we are not role models. Whether or not you chose to be a role model; you are being carefully observed. Tupac said it best, “All EYES On Me.” It does not matter how well or bad we are viewed in the eyes of another; there is someone who wants to be “like Mike.” For many years I have worked with an individual who always frowns. Finally, I mustarded up the courage to ask her, why she frowns so much? Her response, “because my father frowns.” Flash Warning! This is a full fledge adult woman that has chosen to entrap herself in a time capsule to walk in the generational footsteps of her ‘Father’.
“Check yourself, before you wreck yourself.” We have all been warned at some point throughout our lives to be aware of our associations. As kids, parents would tell you that they did not want to see to hanging around with certain individuals. When you look back, hind sight is 20/20. Mother knows best… Parents could see things that we could not understand through the lens of a child but as we mature our view of the world should change. Unfortunately, this does not always hold true; think about the workplace where such childish actions and behaviors are displayed. You and I both know that if it was not due to the nature of business we would not have any personal dealings with most of the people that we work with.
Many companies are becoming very lacks in their workplace environments. Could this be due to the personnel’s that are hiring and promoting within the company, changing the environment from professionalism to a playground environment? The workplace is starting to resemble the school playground…it is time for recess…let the games begin. You know how a child is playing on one of those equipments on the playground and another child or group of children decides they do not want this child to play on this particular equipment. This is how some employees behave at work; they believe that they have the authority to come over and tell you what you should or should not be doing. Who put you in charge of another employee? You are not the Boss!
Maybe, many employee’s are re-living their childhood…They may have been the protégé of bullying, therefore believe that they can continue their time capsule behaviors within the workplace. Whatever it is, they hold the key to unlock the time capsules that they have chosen to hold on to.
As hard as it maybe, we have to look deep within to dig up the content of the time capsules that we chose not to release. We have a choice… either hold on to it…or let go.