When I was a little boy, I learned that “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.” Everyone knows this simple phrase as the Golden Rule. As a kid, it’s easy to remember and a decent standard to have. However, today, you are no longer just a little kid. It’s time to raise the bar and realize something even better than the Golden Rule… the Platinum Rule. The essence of the standard of excellence we at Crossroads cling to is supported by understanding the differences and implications of the Golden and Platinum Rules.
To begin, what exactly is the Golden Rule? In it’s most brutally simple form, it is an ethic of reciprocity that shows the implications of two-way interactions. It forces the individual in question to value another person as equally important as oneself. This maxim is laced throughout ancient cultures in Babylon, China, Egypt, Rome, Greece, etc. In reality though, it’s nothing special. It’s nothing new. It’s not even that great of a standard. The major shortcoming of the Golden Rule is that it implies others would like to be treated the same exact way you would want to be treated. Essentially, this rule forces you to primarily focus on yourself and then work outward. It forces you to view the world through your own preferences rather than realizing the individuality of others around you. There is, however, a very intriguing alternative to this inadequate standard.
The Platinum Rule lays the groundwork for selfless distinction. “Treat others the way they want to be treated.” This paradigm shift takes the structure of its “golden” predecessor and leaves it behind in the dust of antiquity. Instead of centering all personal interaction on your own perception, it’s important to realize others’ distinctiveness. No longer must we place others on equal standing with ourselves but rather hold their interests as unique to and higher than our own. We want to value your individuality and will work with you to develop the best customer experience possible. If you would like to talk to us more about putting the Platinum Rule into action, contact us at email@example.com