A Fine Reputation


We all know that getting the most from our team and ourselves is important at any time; but in our poor economy, higher performance for the same investment is the obvious answer. At what cost?  We cannot buy higher performance by just throwing money at people.  Any fool can solve a problem with money. Just ask a politician.

The old macho tough-guy (females too) mentality of “Just pick out your bottom performer and replace them” is shortsighted (Insert stupid if you prefer), costly and in the long run can destroy morale.

One thing you can bet is that your people are just as stressed, stretched and overwhelmed by our uncertain economy as their leaders are.  Their home life is tougher, their money buys less and now they are being asked for more at their jobs as well. While their lives and workload may be at capacity, but they are sitting on a stockpile of unused, misaligned, stifled talent, skills and passion.

The old macho tough-guy (females too) mentality of “Just pick out your bottom performer and replace them” is shortsighted (Insert stupid if you prefer), costly and in the long run can destroy morale.

One thing you can bet is that your people are just as stressed, stretched and overwhelmed by our uncertain economy as their leaders are.  Their home life is tougher, their money buys less and now they are being asked for more at their jobs as well. While their lives and workload may be at capacity, but they are sitting on a stockpile of unused, misaligned, stifled talent, skills and passion.

Here is one way to improve your team’s performance while lowering their stress.

Always give people a fine reputation to live up to.  Dale Carnegie

From childhood on, most of us are rarely told what we do right.  We hear the negative. I have heard those cynical managers who are stingy with a compliment say things such as:

“If I brag on them too much they will expect it all the time.” 

Or

“Why should I praise somebody for doing what they are supposed to do anyway?”   

How about turning those around to:

“If I look hard for the best in people, those people will work hard to do their best

Or

“When I praise somebody for doing their best work (what they are supposed to do) they will amaze me in ways to improve their own performance!”  

Genuine praise is not a scarce commodity. We will not run out of it, if we use too much of it.

While it does take concentrated effort to discover the “good stuff” sometimes, that investment of yourself will pay huge immediate and long-term dividends.

For more on genuine praise see my blog post “Way to Go!”

https://philvanover.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/way-to-go/

PLEASE Click the comments button and share your thoughts. I would love to hear about someone in your life who influenced you by “Giving you a good reputation to live up to.”

 

Phil is one of only one thousand leaders worldwide (representing nearly 100 countries) to be trained and certified by John C. Maxwell & his team, as part of the founder’s circle of coaches, speakers and teachers.
 Get a free lesson on leadership and receive updates, tip and resources at http://www.johncmaxwellgroup.com/philvanover/
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