What You can Learn from Ross Lyon and Buddha to Lead and Manage Better in Your Business
THEY’RE NOT ‘JUST WORDS’
I am regularly inspired by the business and life lessons I get when reading the Sports section of the newspaper.
Take today for instance on page 71 of the West Australian newspaper.
Headline – ‘Threats Continue for Freo’s Defence.’
But that’s not the point.
It’s about the wording, the regular messages and philosophy coach Ross Lyon puts out to his team and the supporters.
‘We’re an anywhere, anytime team…’
‘We’re a “no excuses” club..’
Can you see how those words have a powerful impact on self esteem, self belief, self image and conversation of both players and supporters?
Words Do Shape People
Everyone has had leaders and mentors whose words have helped shaped their self image.
“You’re a good boy (or girl)..”
“You’re a bad boy (or girl)”
“You’re very smart..”
“You’re very good at Maths..”
“”You’re very bad at Maths.”
“You’re a good singer..”
“You’re a bad singer..”
“You’re a good leader..”
“You’re good at selling..”
Each of these sentences have had profound impacts on the lives of millions of people.
Two quotes to get you thinking about the words you choose (with yourself and others.)
“The thought manifests as the word.
The word manifests as the deed.
The deed develops into habit.
And the habit hardens into character.
So watch the thought and its ways with care.
And let it spring from love, born out of concern for all beings.”
“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”
I overheard a conversation between two Real Estate sales people the other day and one jokingly said:
‘I’m in Real Estate.. of course I tell lies..’
This is not a set of words you would want in your office would you?
Leaders, Influencers, Parents, Managers, Teachers…
Your words do shape destiny.
‘We really do care about our customers..’
‘We really do care about our staff..’
‘We realise, happy staff breed happy customers who breed happy shareholders..’
‘We really are an innovative, customer focused, fun loving organisation..’
‘I love meeting people and helping them..’
What are the words your team regularly hear coming out of your mouth?
What are the words you allow to go through your brain?
Are you lifting them up or tearing them down?
Are you lifting YOU up or tearing YOU down?
Take care and responsibility.
They are not ‘only words..’
Hope this helps.