In this post, I’m sharing a recent experience that brought this to mind.
I, like you, tend to make assumptions – simpler and easier all round! Thing is, other people can’t read my mind, and have no real means of knowing what I really think if I don’t actually say so!
It doesn’t stop at saying it, though.
Paraphrasing Alice in Wonderland talking to the Mad Hatter, she says…..
“At least I mean what I say – that’s the same thing, you know“; to which he replies…
“Not the same thing a bit! You might just as well say that “I see what I eat” is the same thing as “I eat what I see“
So not only is it important to SAY what you mean when you do say it, it is just as important to MEAN what you say. This puts forward your authentic self, which is what you need communicate in order to build a successful network.
Kindness is one of the attributes of a successful leader – it takes no real effort to acknowledge the good work and judgement of a member of your team or an employee, and the rewards in motivation are huge!
People want to be seen AND acknowledged, to feel that they matter! Have you taken the time to acknowledge your team? Just say it!