“Which is the shortest way to London?” was the question for the best answer to which a London newspaper offered a substantial cash prize. The answer which won the prize was, “The shortest way to London is good company. ” All travelers know how true that answer is. Good company shortens any journey, however long. In such company time flies, miles slip rapidly past, and the end is reached almost before one is aware of it . . . - Choice Gleaning, Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustration, edited by Paul Lee Tan
Each day in business is a journey. Our offices and cubicles are our staterooms, coaches and SUVs which take us to destinations both exotic and mundane. The employee lunchroom is a place to break bread, relax and talk. Our fellow workers, our companions, join us on our journey and they can make that journey more interesting, more enjoyable, and especially more productive.
When we listen to our companions we open ourselves to new ideas. When we learn to trust and depend on our companions, we expand our ability to achieve. And when we work with our companions towards a common goal, we have a greater chance of succeeding.
Our job is not to arrive in London, or New York, or Paris. Our job is to make the journey and that trip is what makes life and our jobs interesting.
Justin Tyme is an internet reporter and published author. He writes for print media and industrial video productions and is a contributor to Ideas and Training (http://www.ideasandtraining.com) and Human Resources Radio (http://www.humanresourcesradio.com).