Trustworthy People Do Not Gossip

Gossip is so destructive that it can derail your best laid plans. Organizations that thrive are upfront with their team about gossiping. It is smart to have and enforce a non-gossip policy.

Instruct your team on how to stop gossip. One effective way is when someone starts talking about the boss, or another team member, is to hold the palm of your hand out and say, “stop! If you have a problem with someone, go speak to them directly.”

Dave Ramsey teaches a similar method in his Entreleadership courses. He gives a gossiping person one chance. If they don’t obey, they are fired. People learn quickly when a company truly enforces a no gossip policy.

Here is a helpful proverb to remember, “Without wood, a fire will go out. And without gossip, quarreling will stop.”

Is it Time to Rock the Boat?

Escape the “Group Think,” mentality the stifles creativity if you want to uncover better ideas and processes for solving problems and discovering new paths to sales success.

Your education probably robbed you of your individuality and forced you to confirm. Years ago, I read a study where I.Q. tests were given to children ages 2 – 4 years. Amazingly 95% of the children were found to be highly creative with curious, questioning minds and an ability for abstract thinking.

When the same children were tested again at age 7, only 5% still demonstrated high levels of creativity. In the ensuing years, they had learned to conform; “If you want to get along, you had better go along,” is what they had discovered.

The Dangers of Conformity
They had learned to color between the lines, to sit in neat little rows, to do and say what the other kids did and said, and to do as they were told. Over time, they lost the wonderful fearless spontaneity of youth and learned to suppress ideas and insights that were unusual or different. Perhaps it’s your season to rock the boat.

Clarity—not confusion

Clarity–not confusion

A major flaw in advertising and communication is using too many words and blasting people with a fire hose instead of giving them a drink of water. Another flaw is the jargon jungle. Using invented words to appear cute or cleaver. Your unnecessary words confuse people.

A powerful example to remember is the Pledge of Allegiance. It is profound, yet it only takes 15 seconds to repeat the pledge. Fifteen seconds, not a minute. Go ahead and check me on that. A short, powerful statement delivered in 15 seconds.

Work to deliver a strong message and be brief about it. Less words equal more impact. Writing a meaningful message requires rewriting—editing and more editing.

When you weed a garden, what do you pull out? What do you leave in? Editing a message is the same process. Delete the clutter, pull out the weeds and throw them away. Eliminate the cute and cleaver attempts. Leave the tasty bits to glow in the sun.