Us Over Me

In principle, the most likely path for a group to be highly productive, happy, and endure over generations is for individuals to put group needs over individual needs. In western culture we receive many messages that encourage us to put self first, the most likely path to short term gain. In a “Me First” culture, individuals prevail but groups, communities, and species die. Good group decisions require a culture of “Us Over Me.”

Practical Tip: In group decision making, be thoughtful about how a decision affects the group as a whole. Whatever would be best for the group, work on that path and vote that way. Discuss it as a group and see if “Us Over Me” is a shared value. Consider wide impacts of decisions to other communities and into the future. Apply humility.