This past Sunday during Mass, our pastor Father Mark stopped the service momentarily before the second reading. He beckoned to the people standing in the back to please come in. He said, “I don’t like people standing in the back. Please come in. Let’s all scoot in to make room and welcome everyone in.”
It’s appropriate that during this festive time of the year, the concept of being welcoming comes into play. That being said, welcoming is a concept that should not be relegated to the season or to faith community. It should be part of your business mindset, too.
As we end one year and begin a new one, perhaps this is a good time to do a pressure check on how welcoming we are in our business. Try these basic questions on for size to get started:
How do we welcome new employees into our company? Are they set up to meet everyone and start building important relationships?
How do we welcome new clients? Are we warm and inviting when we onboard them into our organizational family?
How do we welcome new vendors and partners? Do we make them feel like part of the team?
Now let’s take this concept a step further and enter into our mind and mentality:
How do we welcome new ideas and concepts? Are we eager to try new things or stuck in the muck of complacency and sameness?
How do we welcome adversity? Do we consider the opportunities from those challenges and setbacks or do we allow ourselves to go down without a fight?
How do we welcome change? Do we find enjoyment in trying new things or do we cling to the sacred cows of our lives (both business and personal) and waste energy, time, and opportunity?
Welcoming is a mindset. If open to it, you will build better relationships with the people around you while opening up a world of growth opportunities for yourself.
Quote of the Day:
“I want to live my life, not record ir.”
~ Jackie Kennedy Onassis
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