Habit #4: Can’t we all just get along? See the commonalities between people.
It seems like a simple concept, doesn’t it? And yet, we seem to experience conflict with others on a pretty regular basis. We tend to focus on our differences and often overlook the things we have in common that might help us improve our relationships, both at work and in our personal lives. As Vernā Myers points out:
Overly focusing on difference is one of the chief reasons we don’t see the commonalities among our fellow humans... Contemplating the things we have in common can lead to a sense of closeness with individuals we may not know as well as those who reside in our inner circle… One key commonality we share as human beings is that we all know something about what it feels like to be an outsider or the one who is not valued...
In this brief, relatable, and user-friendly book, Vernā Myers tackles commonly encountered situations calling for culturally effective habits and gives us the tools to better prepare for these issues and situations in our own lives.