While this may look like a traditional “cinnamon roll”, it’s actually a “pumpkin roll.” It was my first. And it won’t be my last. Perhaps its unique pumpkin taste isn’t for everyone, but I found it delightful. Of course I should also confess that I have a weakness for baked goods in general, especially those that come straight out of the oven. Lastly, on a bit of a side note, let me add that a good pumpkin roll loves to be paired with a cold glass of milk or a hot cup of strong, black coffee.
Today’s special treat may satisfy my taste buds for a while, but what I’ve learned and observed is that many, perhaps most, people today remain in a constant state of hunger. Sales people, engineers, athletes, parents, children, pastors, business owners, university professors, and everyone in-between has needs. And if those needs aren’t met, they remain hungry.
Please allow some simple observations: People are hurting. People are depressed. People are tired. People are lonely. People are confused. People are angry. Can you relate? Are you one of these people? If not, I’m confident you know someone who is. Taking it a step further, even those who seem to be okay, are often struggling. When you look at them clearly, when you talk with them, when you listen and truly see, you’ll realize that many remain hungry on the inside despite outward appearances.
They’re hungry. They’re desperate for recognition, encouragement, or a kind word. Great leaders look for the good in others. They reinforce positive behavior. Great leaders are, at heart, encouragers. People want to know they’re valued. They want to know that others see them and that they matter.
Do you want to make a difference? Do you want to help others? Do you want to improve the performance of your organization or build great relationships? If so, then feed others. Be kind. Demonstrate good manners. Put others first. Be respectful. Share encouragement. Cheer on others. Enable them to achieve their dream.
In Asia, North America, Europe, South America, and Africa, people are hungry. In the slums and ivory towers alike, people are hungry. Race, gender, and ethnicity do not discriminate. In fact, hungry people abound. And for those of us who are fortunate enough to be fed, guess what? Yes, we get hungry again. It’s why I tell my family I love them every day. We need to continually be fed.
You get the idea. Ideally, you’re already doing this. But if not, start today. You won’t have to look far. And you don’t have to solve everyone’s problems or feed everyone. Simply, impact the people with whom you come into contact. Good luck friend.
As always, the floor is open to your comments, suggestions, thoughts, and feedback.
Dr. Robert Gerwig is an agent of change and is able to balance the needs of the business and the needs of people. Dr. Gerwig believes and practices the values of performance and delivery of business metrics while simultaneously developing and growing people into leaders. You can contact him at RobertGerwig[at]LeadStrategic.com.
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