Impacting the World, One Person at a Time

You never know how or when you’ll have an impact, or how important your example can be to someone else.

–Denzel Washington

Many people have been planting flowers, fertilizing their lawns, and trimming bushes all in hopes of having a beautiful landscape to enjoy. That same lawn that you have tended would probably be brown and full of weeds if you had not taken steps to ensure it would be healthy. Likewise, your flowers would be wilted and crumpled if you did not water them and give them plenty of sunlight.

The people on your team are just like the grass or flowers in your landscape.They need certain care in order to flourish. If neglected, they may still do their job but most likely not to their full potential. In a Gallup Organization study, they found that most employees need to receive feedback and recognition once every seven days. That may sound like a lot, but consider how much stress they experience, how many complaints they may field from customers, or the challenges they face from week to week.

Your one single comment may not seem like a lot, but it is huge in warding off burn out and fatigue. Your positive messages and example may be just what they need to keep a smile on their face and create raving fans from your customers. Make a difference by displaying gratitude to your team, listening to their needs, and treasuring their input. Water them through training and mentoring opportunities. You can have a positive influence on those you lead and reap the enjoyment of having an awesome team!