Cultures are the foundations from which all of our activities are based. If we are not mindful of how we treat one another, whether at work or in our communities, divisions will be created, words will be left unsaid, and damage will be done.
There are graduate programs and fancy professions that specialize in organization development. Countless books promise the perfect recipe for highly-functional, collaborative, and innovative cultures. Heck, there are even professional speakers like me who would be more than happy to share how you can supercharge your workforce and workplace.
But, I'll let you in on a little secret. There's ONE thing you and your people can do all on your own -- right now -- that would dramatically increase engagement, strengthen employee loyalty, and catalyze innovation. It's simple. It's powerful. And it's free.
When you show up at work, actually show up. Leave your problems at home at home.
When you are in a conversation, stop your own agenda and actually listen.
When you are in a meeting, whether it's in the hallway or around the rich mahogany table, LOOK 'EM IN THE EYES. Honor them as fellow siblings of the human race. Acknowledge their efforts. Make them feel seen.
Remember, life is a team sport.
Theresa Rose is a business motivational speaker, award-winning author and expert on mindful productivity who helps organizations and their teams make more time, get more done, earn more money and have more fun. Her mission is to inspire and energize as many people as humanly possible to make more mindful choices so that they may improve their lives, their businesses, and their world. For more information, visit TheresaRose.com.