Have a Little More Consideration Than Preteen Boys

We were at our neighborhood pool the other day.  I was within earshot of my son and his friends discussing the eclipse.  They decided they were going to watch it together.  The following conversation occurred:

Preteen Boy 1:  “I can’t wait to watch the eclipse.”

Preteen Boy 2: “I heard we’re not supposed to look at it because you could go blind or something.”

Preteen Boy 3: “How could you go blind?  Isn’t the moon is blocking the sun in an eclipse?”

Preteen Boy 2: “I don’t know.  It sounds stupid to me.”

Preteen Boy 1:  “Why don’t we find someone to look at before we do?  That way, we can see what happens to him.”

Preteen Boy 3: “Yeah!  That sounds like a plan.  But who will we get to do it?”

Preteen Boy 1: “How about your little brother?”

Preteen Boy 2: “Yeah, we can use my little brother.  He’ll do it.”

Fortunately, the eclipse came and went with no one in this group damaging his vision.

After I had a good laugh courtesy of this scene right out of “The Little Rascals,” it made me think about how we act the same way in business.  We get together, discuss what we think is a good idea, and move into execution mode.  The impact on people is an afterthought in the conversation.  Don’t be as shallow as preteen boys.  Put people first and it’s less likely someone gets hurt.

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