Elevator door opens. I step in without even thinking that someone might be trying to step out first. My perceived rudeness can usually be fixed with an apology, even in cases of minor collisions.
Today I realized that this tendency of mine was also a metaphor regarding my conversation etiquette. I am a little overanxious to get on with it, forgetting that other agendas, beside my own, deserve equal consideration. I step in before the other party has a chance to completely step out.
This conversational oversight is not so easily forgiven, and can send the relationship hurling down to the ground floor.
Elevating cooperation starts with me.
- Shhhhhhing myself
- Treating the words of others as valuable
- Asking questions and considering before responding