The Man on the Bus

The Man on the Bus

A group of people ride the same bus on the same route every day. They all keep to themselves. The bus is a pretty quiet place.

One day, an older gentlemen gets onboard. “Hello!” he addresses the bus driver. The driver gives him a funny look.

The next day, the old man is at the same stop, and climbing aboard, he greets the driver with the same sunny greeting. Day after day, he persists in saying, “Hello!”

Finally, one day, the driver says a warm hello back. This encourages the passenger. “What’s your name?” he asks.

No one ever asks the driver his name, and he’s shocked. But little by little, they get to know each other. And as they do, the other passengers, listening in, begin to warm up, too.

Now, when they get on the bus, they give the driver and each other a warm “Hello!” All on his own, the gentlemen has managed to change the culture of the bus, simply leading by example and being relentless.

How can you apply this parable to your own work life? For a lot of the leaders and candidates I work with at Prestige Scientific, being a culture-changer means not being afraid to speak up.

By Michael Barros, Managing Partner, Prestige Scientific