As a Leader, how much time do you really spend with your people?
How to Develop the People You Really Want.
It doesn’t matter what people call you; what matters is what you answer to.
What do you answer to?
pos·i·tive adjective \ˈpä-zə-tiv, ˈpäz-tiv\
: good or useful
: thinking about the good qualities of someone or something : thinking that a good result will happen : hopeful or optimistic
: completely certain or sure that something is correct or true
neg·a·tive adjective \ˈne-gə-tiv\
: harmful or bad : not wanted
: thinking about the bad qualities of someone or something : thinking that a bad result will happen : not hopeful or optimistic
: expressing dislike or disapproval
Often we don’t recognize that that we are being negative nor the effect that our negativity has on others. We often think that we are just “venting” or” blowing off steam”. Do any of these comments sound familiar?
Examples of Negativity on the team:
“I can’t believe that guy just (fill in the blank).”
- “This customer is crazy!”
- “My customers never let me do my job.”
- “I can’t get anyone through the door.”
- “We can’t seem to close anybody.”
Most of us have been guilty of using these phrases from time to time but don’t realize the effect that such comments have on our environment.
What happens when we are negative?
- You bring those around you down
- You bring yourself down
- Now everyone is down and it reinforces the negative attitudes which then become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
“A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.”
— George Bernard Shaw
Which “dog” are you feeding?
Great Leaders hold their teams to minimum standards but hold themselves to the maximum standards.
“Action breeds confidence and courage. Want to conquer fear? Don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” ~ Dale Carnegie
“Don’t talk about it. The rose doesn’t have to propagate its perfume. It just gives it forth, and people are drawn to it. Live it, and people will come to see the source of your power.” — Gandhi