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It is, apparently, obvious to managers that customer loyalty is important. But, it is not so evident when it comes to employees
My father had the same job for 52 years. He was a railroad engineer for the Chesapeake and Ohio railroad company. He started work in 1916 when he was 17 years old (He lied about his age) and fresh off the farm in Virginia. There was no such thing as leadership training. If you were the manager or supervisor in this business, you were the boss. Period! But, he loved his job. That is, he loved the work, his buddies, the excitement.
Back then railroading was kind of glamorous. It was hot, hard, dangerous work but it paid well and took you to all kinds of exotic places, like Cincinnati and Hinton, West Virginia. You seldom hear of this kind of corporate loyalty today. Teens and tweens sign their texts and tweets with a touchingly optimistic BFF (best friends forever) but we all know such relationships seldom last more than a few months (weeks, days, minutes, tweets). The same is true in the workplace.
You are a leader if someone else chooses to follow you
Women leaders are charismatic, inspirational, and trustworthy. They have a vision. They are good communicators, good listeners, good problem solvers, etc., etc. Look up the word "leader" or "leadership" and you will find a list of traits or attributes that make someone a leader. I don't argue that good leaders possess some of these characteristics and skills. But, that is not what actually makes someone a leader. You are a leader if someone else chooses to follow you. Period!
There are many examples of terrible leaders who have led people into disastrous situations. Cult leaders like Jim Jones whose followers in Jonestown poisoned themselves or the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas or Heaven's Gate in San Diego are horrifying examples. There are certainly many examples of gang leaders who have led young people into crime and prisons or to their death. Unscrupulous televangelists lead gullible, lonely people into poverty. There is, undoubtedly, a lot of power at work with many of these people. Why people choose to follow them is still, in many ways, a mystery. But follow them, they do. And, it is important to recognize that in every case, there is an element of choice.
How to build effective teams
One of the biggest mistakes leaders and consultants have made is to create the impression that good teamwork means that everyone needs to like each other.
While it is nice to like your teammates, it is not necessary. It is necessary to have mature, adult, working relationships - an achievable goal.
Like me, I'm sure you've had or now have, a colleague you're not thrilled to work with, right? Someone who pushes your buttons or someone you'd prefer to avoid. Yet for you to do your job well, you need to be able to work effectively with him or her. You may need a very high level of technical expertise to do your job, but unless you can relate well with your co-workers - even your least favorite ones - your productivity and that of your business, can suffer.
Delivering an excellent presentation
If there is one thing that cannot happen in public speaking, it is the possibility of delivering a perfect presentation.
What would make your words or your manner of speaking perfect? Can you answer that honestly? Your presentation may be great; it may be excellent; it may be the best you have ever done; but, that doesn't make it perfect. Perfection is subjective in this particular venue. In fact, any live performance, be it music, theatre, or even in the sports arena cannot be judged by that one particular word - perfection.
You can type something perfectly; you can build a box perfectly square; and, you can copy a paper perfectly. But trying to accomplish perfection at a business lectern is a waste of time. Instead of trying to achieve something that is impossible, might I suggest you strive for excellence?
Your Speaking Voice - don't allow your habitual voice to get in the way of your next presentation
When it comes to public speaking, it never ceases to amaze me how many people profess a desire to improve their presentation skills, learn how to create their material or script properly, and work on their delivery skills, yet never concern themselves with the sound of their speaking voice. In any form of communication, your speaking voice is the vehicle for your words.
Could your voice use some work?
If you would like to improve the vehicle, I suggest the following 5 tips:
1. Learn to breathe with the support of your diaphragm
I know; I know. What does breathing have to do with your speaking voice? Everything. If you learn to breathe properly, you will not only discover the best means of controlling your nervousness in any form of public speaking, but you will never experience breathlessness again. And, if you have any desire to find your 'real' voice, it will not happen unless you are breathing in this manner and speaking at your...