|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 11||Issue 553|
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MY FAVORITE DYNAMIC DUO: BOOKER T. WASHINGTON AND JOHN WOODEN: "TREAT EVERYBODY GREAT." (BOOKER T. WASHINGTON PART THIRTY THREE)
Through their example and words, Booker T. Washington and Coach Wooden had the same message for their students: Treat All People with Dignity and Respect.
In all my years around Coach Wooden, his example was simple: "He Treated Everybody Great" whether it was a server’s helper at a restaurant, a bagger at a supermarket, an elderly neighbor, a homeless person, or Bill Gates. Coach was more interested in other people than himself. He made them feel important. That’s treating people with dignity.
His foundation came from his Father who taught him: "You’re as good as anybody. But never forget you’re no better than anybody, either. Don’t look down on anybody. Don’t look down on them."
In his 1902 book, Character Building, Booker T. Washington made the importance of "Treating Everybody Great" clear to his students:
"You should develop the habit of being kind and polite to every individual. As a general thing, it is not difficult for a person to be polite in words and courteous in actions to individuals who are classed in the same social scale, or who are above him in wealth and influence.
The test of a true lady or gentleman comes when that individual is brought in contact with someone who is considered beneath her or him, someone who is ignorant or poor. Show me a person who is wealthy, and who is gentle and polite to the ignorant and poor people about them, and I will show you every time a true lady or gentleman.
Be able to meet royalty without being embarrassed and meet a poor person without embarrassing them. Learn to speak kindly to every individual, no matter their race or gender. No person loses anything by learning to be polite, by treating the most unfortunate individual with the highest deference."
It has a negative impact in the workplace when somebody treats their superior with courtesy and then treats their subordinate in a demeaning manner. It has a negative impact at home when we communicate with a family member in a condescending manner or use a poor tone of voice.
Whether it is at home, in public or at work: Actions that are not manipulative or condescending will build the strength of the team. Actions that are manipulative or condescending will weaken the team.
Are you a strengthener or a weakener?
Yours in Coaching,
The New Days
The old days, the old days, how oft the poets sing,
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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