I was driving home this evening, reflecting on the past few weeks, and I had a moment of self-reproach. Not for failing in any major duties or dropping any (major) balls.
Rather, I came to recognize a weakness in myself that might get the better of me if I’m not careful: my ego.
Don’t we all love to be charmed and flattered and made to feel ‘meaningful’?
Come now, let’s be honest.
I have an ego, and it likes to be stroked. But at what point does that stroking become… well, entirely inappropriate?
There is a place for charm in life and business, I believe. We all put our best foot forward. We interact with politeness and grace… and it’s oh-so-charming. We all feel… so good about each other.
At some point though, shouldn’t the plushy cotton gloves come off? At some point, shouldn’t we be able to look each other in the eye, and just be real; just be genuine?
There must be some balance between charm and integrity, where a healthy, mutually beneficial relationship – be it business or personal – can thrive. It’s such a fine line.
I’m still learning. What do you think?