“Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig.” – Paul Dickson
The Beauty of Different Styles
Sometimes I think it would be so much easier if everyone just was like me. Easier, maybe. But so very boring if we all were identical square pegs, fitting nicely into one work style. There would be no surprises and expectations would always be met. Yet, we all know this would be a sad workplace without innovation and creativity. But many of us still get frustrated and annoyed when colleagues just “don’t do things the way we would.” I know I’ve been guilty of this and it only creates stress.
We all bring to the workplace our own style and approach. Comparing others to ourselves, against our own yardstick is just foolish. One of my favorites sayings is “The sum is greater than any one part.” It takes diversity of thought to achieve the best solutions and our differences need to be celebrated and respected. When people are performing in their own stride with permission to use their own personal approach, productivity and job contentment rises.
“Strength lies in our differences, not similarities.” – Stephen Covey