Picture this: A lone elephant lumbers across the open savanna.
As you read that sentence, your imagination began painting a mental picture. You likely saw in your mind’s eye an elephant walking across wide, grassy terrain.
Stop and analyze what you just did. It’s really rather remarkable.
Chances are, as you read this, you aren’t on safari in Africa. There are no actual elephants in your immediate vicinity. But you’re still able to envision an elephant in widescreen detail simply by reading words on a page.
And that happened, automatically and without any effort on your part, because we humans are both visual and imaginative beings. Not only are we born with eyes that allow us to view the world around us, but our brains have the extraordinary power to record and recreate that reality within the limitless universe of our imagination.
And even more amazing, those imaginary constructs are often linked to our very real emotions. If you’re passionate about...
A sizable piece of running an effective and cohesive team relies on a leader’s ability to influence the behavior of the whole team. We’re going to outline some of the key steps you can take toward being this kind of influencer.
1 - Setting clear expectations
2 - Encouraging an atmosphere of respect in your office
3 - Emphasizing the process over the result
4 - Being the example
Communicate clear expectations and give context for those expectations
If your team members know precisely what you expect, and why it matters, they’re better able to hold themselves accountable for meeting those expectations. If each person is aware of those 2 things – the desired outcome and why it’s important - they can discern for themselves the “how.” This both aligns your employees with your business goals and gets them engaged in achieving them.
A simple activity to do is to get your team together and have them all share with you what they...