Thursday, May 17, 2012

“He treats me like…”

You see it often on TV or in the movies.  One person in the stall of a restroom overhears the conversation of two other talking at the sink.  Usually it is something humorous of filled with important plot lines.

I had the opportunity to hear one teammate telling another about his new job and boss.  Speaking about the new boss, he said “He treats me like I’m the only employee that works here.”  That is a seriously strong statement.  Everyone wants to work for a boss like this. 

It was automatic.  I wanted a boss like that.  What a selfish way of viewing the world.  It took me a few more thoughts and realized what I really wanted – I wanted to become the boss that people say that about!  I thought of the little things leaders can do now to make people feel they are a priority – moving from the desk, computer or phone for a discussion; not checking their email on a Blackberry/iPhone while talking; eye contact; asking probing questions; and remembering to say thank you.  It became obvious how easy it is to be above average.

What do you do to make your team feel important and valued?


Anonymous said...

My first thought was when I read was to think of past relationships with management leadership team,and co-workers as well. People want to be respected, valued, and know that the work they are producing has its significance. Each person has a role, and for our "leaders / managers" be aware of each member of their team and be able to "see the person" even if they are not a member of your "A team". Acknowledgement and Thank you goes a long way... Take time to say hello, don't allow our fast pace of technology world to eliminate the "personal touch". Cheers

Anonymous said...

In my book, John, you are "manager of the year"! Given all I read in your blog, I think it would be fun and satisfying to work for you!!!!! MJ

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