You Gotta Go First
post # 172 — August 26, 2006 — a Careers, Managing post
In my post about “The Best Advice I Ever Received” a wonderful lesson was contributed by Jeff Risley:
“Just remember, wherever you go, there you are.”
In other words, if you think change is needed in a situation, think about changing yourself first before changing everything around you.
I particularly like that lesson. In fact, I’m struggling to write an article with that theme, aimed at CEOs and other top executives who always want their people to change but overlook the fact that they have to go first.
If you have a story or an insight on that theme that I can use in the article, comment here or drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Wasn’t it Gandhi who said something like “You must become the change you wish to see”?
Bill Peper said:
I came across a perfect story on this in an excellent book by the Arbinger Institute, Leadership and Self-Deception. The book describes the nineteenth-century epidmic of deaths of mothers who just gave birth at a major research hospital in Vienna. The mortality rate in the midwife section of the hospital was much lower. A doctor went to other hospitals, researched everything, tested everything, and there was no solution. But the mortality rate in his unit decreased while he was gone. The only variable was his absence.
Then he realized that he was the cause. He and his fellow doctors were doing research and introducing bacteria into the women’s bodies. He institued a system of washing hands to disinfect diseases long before germ theory became prevelant. This and much more information on the doctor can be found in Childbed Fever by K. Codell and Barbara Carter.
Hope that helps.
posted on August 27, 2006