Classic line from a classic movie isn’t it? Hey who’s the pig? They call me MR PIG!! I am not sure why that clip popped into my head this morning but there is a little message embedded that I feel applies to our professional atmosphere. Let me tell you why.
As a result of how most companies are structured, those who are at a higher level can come across as condescending to those whom they oversee. On the flip side we may be at an entry level position and not really carry the self-esteem we should have to be productive. So the question is how do we view our fellow team members and how do we view ourselves. When we first think of pigs what do we think of besides bacon? Dirty smelly animals that love the mud and leftovers is our typical reaction. However Pumbaa saw himself differently. He was not just a pig…he was MR PIG. Got to love it!
So it’s not just “I am a leasing professional”, it’s “THEY CALL ME MRS LEASING PROFESSIONAL”. It’s not just “I’m the groundskeeper”, it’s “THEY CALL ME MR GROUNDSKEEPER”. I know I am probably going to get professionally slapped all over the place for using a Lion King clip for teaching purposes but hey that is how my brain operates. You can either love me or hate me. 🙂
When it comes to emotional intelligence and overall leadership it starts with how we view ourselves and how we view others. It’s the little things that count. How we greet each other. How we address each other in conversation. How we react when things go wrong. We have many opportunities in each business day to extend dignity to our team members. Are we looking for those opportunities?
Bonus clip below to bring back some memories. My son was two when this came out so it pretty well was the only movie that was ever played at home. Back to the post now. If you have any thoughts or processes you use to help keep your head held high or your teams please share them in the comments below. If you want to comment about something completely different feel free! Thanks everyone!