The lamp, lifeboat and ladder


We build strong cultures and successful companies by bringing out the best in each person. We all bring unique strengths, skills and vision to the team. When we are encouraged to put it all on the table with the contributions of everyone else, the potential for greatness is unlimited.

Each of us has the ability to help those around us achieve their potential. We can reach out a hand, offer a shoulder or provide a leg up to support one another.

In the wisdom of Rumi, here are three ways you can help those around you grow.

Be a lamp

Sometimes it can feel like we are all alone in the work we do. We can become lost and not know which direction to take in the dark. By choosing to be a lamp for someone, you can help point them in the right direction or provide meaning for the work they are doing.

Be a lifeboat

Work’s stressful. Life’s stressful. We all need someone to occasionally pull us from the current when we are treading water. Lend a helping hand. Offer a solution. Help solve a problem. Or spend a moment just genuinely listening.

Be a ladder

We rise by lifting those around us. When one of us takes a step forward, we all do. Give those around you a boost. Recognize hard work and accomplishments. Mentor someone. Be a strength advocate and leverage people’s unique abilities so they shine.

When we care about one another, we create an environment that allows us to be our best. In the end, fierce compassion is a powerful force. Harness some today.

A Team Human Conversation

Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.

  1. When has someone else been a lamp, lifeboat or ladder to you? How did it make you feel?
  2. How have you been a lamp, lifeboat or ladder to someone else in the past week?
  3. What can you do as a team/organization to encourage more people to be lamps, lifeboats or ladders in your team/organization?