For the first time his 44 year life Sam found himself visiting a local doctor.
“Sam, we went to school together, and this is the first time seeing you?” inquired the doctor.
“I've been blessed with good health,” Sam bragged. “But now I'm feeling pretty poor, and I can't figure out what's wrong.”
“Who have you consulted with,” asked the doctor.
Times were tough for the doctor and he was tired of people going to the drugstore to get free
“That pharmacist is not qualified to practice medicine,” retorted the doctor in anger. “What kind of stupid diagnosis did he give you?”
What was the bad advice the pharmacist gave?
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What can we learn from this story?
Many times we fall into the trap of assuming someone got bad advice or misdirection simply because we have no respect for the source. We see this in politics all the time. A senator or congressman will stand up on one side of the aisle and distinguished members from the other side will automatically discount everything that is said.
The same holds true in the workplace. In many workplace cultures it is common to discount an idea, concept, or opinion simply because respect has not been established as an element of the workplace culture.
Hopefully, this does not happen to you. Remember that each idea you hear deserves to be treated with respect. Failure to do so can be very embarrassing.
This is part of a series of anecdotes published by Max Impact, a Rochester Hills, Mich., based website that offers complimentary resources to business leaders, entrepreneurs, human resources professionals and trainers in an effort to help the get the maximum impact in their careers. For more business terms, click here.
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