Encourage Your People

Encourage Your People

Week 7: Being an Energy Radiator

Today: Encourage Your People

Smart people want to be the best they can be, so find ways to help them get better. It may simply be encouragement, one recognizing them and their efforts. You might help them to solve a problem or connect them with other who might help. The crucial thing is that you have noticed them and show interest in them as people.

Encourage Your People

Explain Your Decisions

Week 7: Being an Energy Radiator

Today: Explain Your Decisions

Have a clear decision making criteria that you are prepared to share, especially for contentious decisions. This will help other to understand why decesions have been made. Smart people are often creative and if you don’t explain your decisions they will make up their own reasons for your actions-which may not be as positive as your intent.

Encourage Your People

Be Visible

Week 7: Being an Energy Radiator

Today: Be Visible

Lead by walking about and connecting with your people. But take care no to be seen to favour any one person or group more than any other. Try to build a cohesive group and keep as many engaged as possible. Smart people are invariably creative.

Remember that body language is cultural

Remember that body language is cultural

Week 7: Body Language

Today: Remember that body language is cultural

Check out where you are and who you are with. For example, in Western culture it is perfectly acceptable (and encouraged) to debate issues with everyone in the group. In some Asian cultures there is still a deference shown for age; directly contradicting an elder is seen as the height of discourtesy and rudeness. A little research can save a lot of embarrassment and misunderstanding.

Adopt an open posture

Adopt an open posture

Week 7: Body Language

Today: Adopt an open posture

An open posture means directly facing someone, hands apart, communicating openness or interest in someone and a reediness to listen. A closed posture with arms folded, legs crossed or positioned at a slight angle from the person with whom they are interacting can indicate discomfort or lack of interest.

Adopt an open posture

Sit comfortably still in meetings

Week 7: Body Language

Today: Sit comfortably still in meetings

Sit still and calmly without fidgeting. Focus your attention on making eye contact and watching the behaved of your colleagues while you listen to them. It indicates that you are interested in what is being said, grounded and self assured.

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