A few weeks ago, I had a long drive through Germany in front of me. So I decided to stop and eat something before going further.
As it happened, the only place close was a McDonalds.
So I ordered my healthy meal and made my way to the table. Sitting there and enjoying my tasty burger, I observed the room.
I love people watching, but in this circumstance, there was one person that particularly stood out to me.
The cleaning lady.
I first noticed her because she was the only person smiling in the room. Everybody else was either busy playing with their smartphone or indulging in their burgers and fries. Everybody seemed stressed and the air was filled with a sense of urgency.
The cleaning lady, however, radiated an aura of calm, something that made me calm just by looking at her.
She moved around the room, doing her job but recognizing that her job was much more important than what most others see in her.
At one point, she stopped at a table where a woman and a child were sitting. She looked at the child and struck up a conversation. The first reaction of the child was a smile and then the mother smiled. Even the people sitting at the table next to them looked over and briefly smiled before staring back into their smartphone.
I couldn’t help but feel great. There was something about this cleaning lady that made me feel happy.
And I think it was the glimpse of hope that humanity may not be doomed after all if we can just care a little more, be a little more human, and give a little more of our humanity.
How This Relates to You
If what I talked about before resonates in any way, I think we both know what our obligation is here.
If we truly recognize that we are human beings, we need to make a more conscious effort on being more human.
What’s the point of being human if there is not much left that expresses this humanity?
And there’s the kicker. For all of us business people, we are always looking for the ROI in everything. So it’s more than justified that we are asking “What’s the ROI of being more human?”
Let me tell you.
Imagine people coming to the office with a smile on their face instead of a wish that the day, or in some cases their life, to be over again soon.
Imagine people actually talking to each other in the train, bus, at work, or any other place instead of mindlessly staring into their smartphone trying to please the notion that being busy is the point of life.
Imagine people seeing each other as possible collaborators instead of competition that has to be weeded out.
Imagine people come to work every day in your company and actually caring about their work, caring about your company and caring about your vision.
And maybe most important of all. Imagine yourself being the “people” in all these instances before.
Now you tell me. What’s the ROI of that?
The Humanity Challenge
While observing the cleaning lady at McDonalds, I came up with an idea.
A little more humanity every day goes a long way and I believe it can even change the world on a massive scale.
So I’m going to start a project in the comings months to inspire sparks of humanity where everyone can share their stories and experiences where “being human” happened.
Obviously, I will need your participation in this to make it happen.
Here’s where you come in.
Please leave a comment below and share a story, an experience, anything where you felt that glimpse of humanity, either because of something you observed or something you did.
I’m counting on your help to make this world a more human place again.
About the Author:
Daniel Jordi is a Visionary Connector who is on a mission to bring humanity back into our business world.
On that journey, he has advised hundreds of leaders and entrepreneurs to create a system for building trust with high-level decision makers, that gradually evolves these decision makers from connections into collaborations.
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