If you run a business, are an entrepreneur or artisan of any sort, or a leader in your workplace, you are well aware that you may wear many hats throughout the day. You may start the day as a specialist in your field, but by noon, you’ve executed tasks as HR professional, computer tech, and secretary.. The responsibilities can be endless.. Of course, this is because you want everything to run smoothly and work properly. Your work reflects your business and you as a person— But, is that the most important aspect of success?
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou
The most important aspect of success is what you leave behind— What will others remember you for? When we put our focus on the people in our lives, we lay a foundation of trust, whether it’s in the workplace or in our personal lives, people remember how you made them feel— it leaves a lifelong impression on them and becomes their version of you throughout their lives.. This can be so powerful if you use it the right way!
Connecting to others at your workplace can make all the difference in your success as a business owner or leader, too. When others feel deeply understood and connected, they’re more likely to recommend you to others. This does not mean you have to seek approval or be liked in your workplace, it just means that you are a person who cares about others, and shows it! When you think “people” and not “product,” you’re essentially putting the needs and feelings of your coworkers and customers above your own agenda as a business and letting them know you care.
“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” ~James Keller
Here are some tips to help you Take Back Your Power and think “People” not “Product” :
- Always greet people by asking them how they’re doing. Sometimes it’s just small talk, while other times, someone may be having a very hard time and want to express that.
- Practice active listening. When someone tells a story or something interesting, lean in and get involved with their story. Listening is the main factor when it comes to making others feel important!
- Be considerate and open. If you tell others that you’re willing to listen, but you keep a closed mind and strict opinions on subjects, people are less likely to trust you with conversations or rely on you for anything outside your daily duties. This leaves no room for growth personally or professionally.
- Always have a learning attitude. Each person you meet on a daily basis knows something that you do not! When we accept that we’re learning every day, we can grow together and reach greater heights.
“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
Check out last week’s blog post here: https://inseitzgroup.com/2021/10/26/learning-to-dance-in-the-rain/