Leaders seek to add value at every opportunity. Some tend to think of this as primarily offering advice or come up with a solution. I want to encourage you to look to add value by doing this:
Demonstrate Kindness & Consideration
We life in a harsh world. Sometimes that harshness creeps into our team members’/coworkers’ lives when least expected. Add value to them during these times by showing some kindness.
How do you do that?
- Listen – not as a counselor, but as someone who cares.
- Encourage – write a short note to say “thank you” to someone you noticed has been working hard and getting results
- Praise – don’t underestimate your spoken praise for a team member. This simple action can carry them for many days (weeks?)
- Share – share a resource that might be of help to someone you know is struggling (I had the privilege of doing just this today!).
What else could you do to add value to someone who truly needs it? Be creative. Share addition ideas in the comments below.
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“Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.” —Norman Vincent Peale
Tomorrow begins a new work week. Your team will arrive to start “working” in just a matter of hours.
- Will they focus on what you need them to focus on?
- Will they implement the changes you both agreed upon in your last coaching session with them?
- Will they be getting results in your leading indicators that will insure success by month’s end metric reporting?
If you are unsure, what can you do to re-focus your team?
- Reminder emails to individuals restating your last coaching session with them.
- Stop by someone’s desk and talk to them about their upcoming work week and the things that they’re planning to accomplish. In fact, ask them what their focus will be for the week.
- Make a couple of phone calls to team members thank you for what they’ve been accomplishing and what you know they can do in the week to come.
- Conduct a brief team meeting where everyone gets on the same page about what needs to be accomplished.
Here on this Sunday afternoon, you already maybe in the beginning stages of work mode. You already may be thinking ahead of what needs to be done. But don’t assume your team is doing that. Tomorrow, use your influence to impact your team’s results. Be a positive force of change for them.
Leadership must persevere over the long haul.