Governor's Message December 13

This morning as I was heading off to serve my civic duty as a juror for Yolo County, I reflected on the juror selection process that I went through yesterday.  My "take-away" from the experience was that from the judges to the attorneys to the security guards, there was a sense of "respect" for the potential jurors.  Even when a few particular individuals fought hard to be excused.
It jogged a memory of a recent article I read about respect and civility in the workplace by Barbara Richman of HR Mpact.  She quotes a study that found that 60% of employees believe that co-workers annoying behaviors negatively impact the workplace and as a result 40% are looking for new employment.  Our clubs are not unlike a workplace experience and I wonder if the statistics would be similar for a Soroptimist club.  Some of the suggestions she made in this article can be adapted to our clubs (note I have taken slight liberties to adapt to our club environment):
  • Before acting, consider the impact of your words and actions on others.
  • Create an inclusive environment.  Only by recognizing and respecting individual differences and qualities can your club fully realize its potential.
  • Self-monitor the respect that you display in all areas of your communications, including verbal, body language, and listening.
  • Understand your triggers or “hot buttons.”  Knowing what makes you angry and frustrated enables you to manage your reactions and respond in a more appropriate manner.
  • Take responsibility for your actions and practice self-restraint and anger management skills in responding to potential conflicts.
  • Adopt a positive and solution-driven approach in resolving conflicts.
  • Rely on facts rather than assumptions.  Gather relevant facts, especially before acting on  assumptions that can damage relationships.
  • Include others in your focus by considering their needs and avoiding the perception that you view yourself as the “center of the universe.”
  • View today’s difficult situations from a broader (big picture) and more realistic perspective by considering what they mean in the overall scheme of things.
  • "Each one influence one” by becoming a bridge builder and role model for civility and respect. Act in a manner whereby you respect yourself, demonstrate respect for others, and take advantage of every opportunity to be proactive in promoting civility and respect in your workplace.
All good tips for life in general and remember to be kind and be respectful.
Ok, back to my jury service.  It's a case near and dear to our Soroptimist efforts, perhaps I'll share a little about it after it's completed.
Governor Vicki
Thank you,
Vicki Watson
SNR Governor 2016-2018