As the theme from CSI keeps asking, who are you?
The answer is easy, but not simple—you are your MAP (mindset, attitude, philosophy™)
Your MAP is what truly defines you; it defines you more than your ethnicity, religion, where you were raised, the schools you attended or any other external criteria.
MAP is why you act certain ways and do certain things, as I wrote about myself several years ago.
MAP is not is an excuse to act badly.
MAP makes you you.
MAP is dynamic as opposed to static—and totally within your control.
It will morph and change as you direct and not as others suggest.
Which is not to say that you shouldn’t listen to suggestions; honest feedback is the best objective mirror for viewing your MAP.
Once you thoroughly understand the role MAP plays in your life you should understand that it plays a similar role in the lives of your team, your vendors and your customers.
Because just as their suggestions won’t directly change your MAP, your suggestions won’t directly change theirs.
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