Everything You Do Teaches

Sujatha Das, Quality and Learning consultant from India, asks some of my favorite questions at LinkedIn Q & A. For instance, I just answered this one:

""Consequences are Teachers" - Agree or Disagree? "Everything you do has a consequence, and every consequence has a lesson. Their lessons touch you profoundly and stay with you for life." Would you agree or not? Have you had experiences which are lessons learned from some consequences? Appreciate your response. Regards, Sujatha Das"

From the context of my church in NJ, my pastor, Fr. Doug Haefner, often says,

~ "Everything you do teaches."

Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a lay minister, a staff person, or volunteer at a ministry event such as our annual carnival, everything you do, everything you say, has the potential for leaving an impression on a child, on a neighbor, on a visitor. These impressions will influence what people do as a result.

I think this lesson is directly transferrable to managers and the workplace.

If a manager wants improved communication, he needs to communicate effectively.

If a manager wants improved engagement, she needs to be engaged in her work.

Whatever you do (or don't do) speaks volumes . . . and teaches.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, June 7, 2008


Chris Morgan said…
I agree that everything you do teaches. However the recipient of the learning can be yourself as well as other people.

What did I learn from doing something that way - why was it successful or what could I have done to make it even better?

Terrence Seamon said…
Good point, Chris. And I believe you have brought us back to Sujatha's original question as well.


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