Wednesday, March 3, 2010

How outstanding leaders Bounce Forward™

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish. ~ Sam Walton

Leaders who make a difference also invite creativity and employee suggestions to workplace issues and decisions. They model resilience, Bounce Forward™ and inspire team members to live and work to their potential. Engaging teams is an essential step in helping teams believe in themselves, and the gifts they each bring to the work unit. Engaged employees are more likely to contribute ideas and valuable suggestions. What may stop them and get in the way of Bouncing Forward™ are words such as:

· Crazy

· Preposterous

· Ridiculous

· Foolish

· Ludicrous

· Stupid

· Senseless

· Idiotic

· Weak

· Selfish

Avoiding these words will help inspire employees, and lead to team resilience.

There are definitely ideas that emerge in the workplace that may seem unworkable, however, sometimes an idea that seems very farfetched, is the seed to the idea that works! Here are some words you can use instead, and foster esteem:

· Intriguing

· Has merit

· Tempting

· Possible

· Plausible

· Valid

Sometimes when a judgment is placed on an idea, the brainstorming is shut down immediately. Other times it causes defensiveness, and impacts the individuals’ self esteem, so the idea generator begins to defend the idea. Through discussions and powerful questions, the conversation can turn from judgment to inspired thinking. Here are some questions you can follow it up with to invite further discussion, and solutions.

· What is a good way to…..?

· How will that idea help…….?

· What are your ideas about…..?

· Who else can help us with that…?

· What would happen if we….?

· What are some solutions to….?

Bounce Forward™ with Charmaine Hammond, Building Resilient & Inspired Teams!

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