This is my third and final observation of the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling. You can read my previous post here and the first here. I believe the poem holds many truths that can be applied to life overall, as well as that within a high-tech company.
"If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And-which is more-you'll be a Man, my son!"
A workplace, as home-like as it can be (SharedBook for example) inevitably involves human interaction. Add significant challenges to the equation that sometimes translate to tension and you get conflicts.
What if each one of us could take a few seconds before reacting toward our fellow man and think about the "right" reaction or what to say? Wouldn't we dissolve some of the conflicts before they occur?
Reading the poem made me take a few steps back and think about how I can improve my behavior in day to day situations.
I strongly recommend reading the entire poem. And if you do, I'd like to hear what you think.