We see these posters from the Foundation for a better Life hanging in airports, on billboards and in the subways. I often take pictures of them to pass along on my twitter account and on instagram. (you can find me on both as kirkweisler)
As you take a look at this one…consider how you might use it to teach, reach and potentially even inspire your team.
What were you able to come up with?
Here were a few thoughts that came to me.
Norman Rockwell (could talk about him, who he was, his popularity, his artistic ability, and the importance of his impact on a national scale on our culture. Especially during some of our nations more trying times of war and depression. Wiki could give us a quick summary and then we could relate that to the “Norman Rockwell” of our team. Someone who consistently “Rocks Well” our culture especially when times are tough or timelines are tight.
Or we could keep it simple and perhaps say something like…
“I took this picture because I knew a bit about Rockwell and his life. But as I looked at it today it both inspired me and reminded me to be the kind of leader and parent that helps people see the best in themselves because they see and speak to the best in us. I think we can all do this by cultivating the habit of looking for and seeing the best in others.
I remember being taught by a previous boss that “If you treat people the way they are, they will remain as they are. But if you treat people as more than they are…they will become more.”
Additionally I think when we are truly looking to see the best in others, we will not only find what we are looking for, but we will find so much more. And in the end we will not only help others realize more of their own potential as they come to see themselves in a better way, but we may also come to see ourselves in a better way.”
The 3rd thought I had about how to use this picture as a teaching tool was this…
I like how they have characterized Norman Rockwell as ”Seeing the best in others”… What a great vision and a great insight that might improve our vision. If we see people poorly then we see poorly. Sounds like a vision problem doesn’t it? We might improve our vision and see better simply by applying this insight. See the best in people and you’ll see better. A great insight to improve eyesight.
After anyone of those examples we could ask a question or two of our teams to hear their thoughts and insights about the importance of seeing the best in others.
Those were my thoughts on how this picture might be used to teach. I would love to hear yours.
Start Looking Better Today!