true voice come out, share your
thoughts to create value and opportunities.
When the son of Dr. Stephen R.
Covey, author of The Seven Habits of
Highly Effective People, took over his
father’s company, sales doubled and
profits went up over 1,200 percent.
How did he do this? His character and
competence were trustworthy and he
extended trust to others. The synergistic effect of being trusted and giving
trust unleashed a level of performance
the company had never experienced
Fourth: Be Appreciative. Don’t be
afraid to tell others why and how you
appreciate them. We all like to receive
praise no matter how small our efforts
are. When we do, we become energized and motivated to do more.
The Golden Banana Award came
about when a Hewlett-Packard company engineer burst into his manager’s
office to announce he’d just found the
solution to a problem they had been working on for quite a
while. In his excitement to acknowledge the accomplishment
the manager handed the employee a banana from his lunch
with the words, “Well done! Congratulations!” This novel expression of appreciation has over time become one of the most prestigious honors bestowed on an inventive employee at HP.
A letter to an employee’s family telling them about the
employee’s recent feat and what it means to you and the company, a recognition lunch, a call from the company president, or a
wall of fame will measurably increase employee performance and
Fifth: Practice Servant Leadership. In Robert K. Greenleaf’s
book, Servant Leadership, A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate
Power and Greatness, Greenleaf makes the case that, “The difference in the care taken by the servant-first leadership model is to
make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being
served. The best test is: do those served grow as persons? Do
they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more
autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And,
what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?”
Strong and successful organizations have a culture of service
that goes beyond just filling the order in a timely fashion.
Authentic leadership requires us to acknowledge that we didn’t
do it all by ourselves. As we serve all the relationships in our life
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