"The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” — Ralph Nichols
Words. They have both power and meaning. If you’re a jerk, aka a really poor leader, then you use your words like a bullwhip or a machine gun. Your words ruthlessly attack your people with only one objective in mind. To make you the victor.
On the other hand, your words can elicit real connection. You know, the kind you can have with a friend, or someone you hope to work with for years to come. A human relationship that transcends simply doing work. You see, the phrase “it’s just business” is dead. It will never be revived. All of this life and work that we do is about people, and people are what you and I need to be about. Your people are your most precious commodity and valuable asset.
Sometimes we all just need to stop and take a look around. It is easy to get all bought up in the day to day grind and lose focus on what this is all about. When you do this, take the time to focus on the people who are in the grind right along with you. Take a pause, sound the cheer, shout the battle cry! Wake them up along with you and enjoy the process. Have fun with them and let your people know that they can enjoy this journey with you!
Be careful. This could start something big!