Know the power you have
Are you a business owner, manager or a supervisor? If so, your days get pretty crazy with purchasing, strategic planning, taking care of customers, making payroll, hustling for contracts and a myriad of other important priorities necessary to make a business run. But, do you ever stop and think of the power you wield?
Your actions, your words, have power over those who work for and with you. It’s a big responsibility knowing that people go home at night thinking about you – for good or not so good. When you stop and think about the experience others in the work place are having, do you feel good about it?
How did you do?
Let’s take a quick inventory of your actions over the past couple of weeks. In regard to staff, how did you do with the following:
- Give clear directions
- State your expectations
- Provide tools for successful completion of work
- Assess work performed
- Give objective feedback
- Follow through with commitments
What if you didn’t do well in these areas? Well, your people are probably grumpy, nonproductive, maybe even undermining and subverting your efforts.
Maybe, just maybe, it’s you!
What happens when you become frustrated with them for being stupid, lazy, incompetent, or disrespectful? You probably let them know it! And, I’m betting it isn’t pretty! You may have thought this was because you hired bad staff. Probably not. It’s more likely that they don’t know what you want and don’t know if you think they are doing a good job.
You have the power to make or break their day
It’s time to realize your power. You have the authority and means to get your people back on track. Look at the list again. What if you could do all of this right. Yes, you’re busy and all of this takes time you don’t have. I say take time to make time. By putting in effort and setting good communication as a priority, you will come out way ahead in the long run.