Good communication is a tool that needs
sharpening. And, the ability to express your thoughts and ideas using clear, concise
language never ends. A common error is to use too many words without editing.
Professional writers express it this way, “writing is rewriting.” Reviewing
your work to shorten your instructions, script or opinion.
Words mean things and when we truly take the
time to review our work, we discover better words to use that deliver the goal
of our communication.
A good illustration of this process is the famous Mark
Twain quote: “If you want me to give you a
two-hour presentation, I am ready today. If you want only a five-minute speech,
it will take me two weeks to prepare.”
leaders having an incredible sense of being able to improve themselves
and their team members without defaulting to prove themselves. Each of us have watched hundreds, even thousands of
people waste countless hours trying to prove themselves to others rather than
spending those same hours improving themselves, their performance and their
get better much faster by focusing on improving rather than proving. We
also contribute and learn far more by sharing than by hoarding.
Don’t prove yourself;
improve yourself – and then openly share with others!
Yes, the economy is strong, however,
you cannot take your team for granted. In fact, a recent survey indicated that
over 50% of the US workforce are seeking to change employers in the next six
months. Sounds like the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with how to retain,
fulfill and engage your team.
Responsibility. Show your
employees you trust them by giving them responsibilities that allow them to
grow. Encourage them to gain new skills. Provide ample continuing education
opportunities. Hire from within wherever possible. Give generous promotions at
2. Respect. Employees want to know they are
respected and appreciated. As the saying goes, people may readily forget the
things that you said, but they will always remember the way you made them feel.
Many workplace legends are built around the horrific things weary and
stressed-out managers said or did. But if managers make it a priority to show
outward respect for employees on a regular basis, it will lead to a strong and
enduring workplace culture as well as positive experiences and memories that
they will never forget.
Revenue-sharing. Tie a part of your
employees’ wages to the company’s performance. This will align their interests
with the company’s revenue and profit goals and will serve as an inherent
incentive to stay with the company as it grows. By making the fixed cost of
payroll inherently more variable under differing business conditions, you can
make your company more resilient and agile, while also treating your employees
4. Reward. The rewards you give your employees
should speak to their emotional needs and should go beyond their monetary
compensation. Recognition in front of the company, company and department
parties, service projects, lunches with the boss, logo clothing, handwritten
notes, etc., can all contribute to the positive culture of the company and can
be good morale builders as well. their breath from one assignment to the next
with the help of team-building activities or mini break periods over the course
of the day.