We leaders tend to spend a lot of time catching people in our organizations doing things wrong. And the reality of being a leader is you have an obligation to communicate to your team what mistakes they have made. No business, sports team, or group will get better if you don’t try to fix the things that are wrong and/or broken. But, in correcting the things that are wrong, broken, messed up, or whatever you want to call them, you must NOT lose sight of what is being done right.
At Grunder Landscaping Co., we have a “board” in the shop and we post all the things that go on at our company, both good and bad. We have one rule, if you are going to post 1 thing bad, you have to post 2 things good. This board let’s us visually communicate and encourage the good behavior we want to see in our team.
This week, I challenge you to change how you look at managing for one week. Make sure you are pointing out 2 good things for every bad thing. Just do that; try it and see what happens.
I have found a well-placed compliment that is specific and sincere can motivate a person to achieve new heights.
Why? Compliments are fuel for one’s soul. They show the faith and confidence you have in that person. And when someone knows you believe in them and trust them, it’s amazing what can happen.