Seeing:your results may vary. Maybe you’ve heard about the Starbucks “Green Cup” Program that has some people in an uproar claiming Starbucks is pushing a political agenda. People said they want coffee not a message. The comments have been coarser than that but you get the idea.
The green cup and the design represent the connections Starbucks has as a community with its partners (employees) and customers. During a divisive time in our country, Starbucks wanted to create a symbol of unity as a reminder of our shared values, and the need to be good to each other, said Howard Schultz, chairman and CEO.
Even though Howard Schultz has pointedly said there is no political agenda, people are fuming, seeing only what they want to see.
This reminds me of a client I coached recently. Let’s call him Jim (not his real name). Jim was passed over three times for a promotion above his current role as a deputy branch chief.
Jim was frustrated, angry and obstinate. He said, leadership is kill or be killed, the world just waits for me to slip up so they can push me down further.
I reminded Jim that what he was seeing was not the world. That is not the world, that was his world.
We don’t see things as they are; we see things, as we are—Anais Nin
Just because we are outraged doesn’t mean something is outrageous.
Life becomes a whole lot smoother when we drop the negativity rock, check our assumptions and expand our perspectives.
The classic aphorism your results may vary is appropriate because they depend on what we “see.” The really successful people absolutely see to it that their results do vary.