Secrets to success are often times variations of fundamentals or basic principles. The basic principle or fundamental of consistency is something that can never be thought about enough. Today's secret to success is to be the weather man. Believe it or not, being the weather man is a variation of being consistent.
This is the third installment of a series based on giving out secrets to success. In the first installment, we covered betting on yourself early and often. If you haven't had the chance to check it out yet you can find it here: http://www.chicagonow.com/own-your-legacy/2013/06/a-secret-to-success-bet-on-yourself-early-and-often/
The second installment was discussing the secret of aiming small and missing small. If you haven't had the chance to give that a read you can find it here: http://www.chicagonow.com/own-your-legacy/2013/07/a-secret-to-success-aim-small-miss-small/
An old business parable still rings true today. When a young leader, Able, took a new job he made the habit of asking one of his employee's, Calvin, every day when he came into work, "How will the weather be today?" Able just thought of it as a way to connect with his employee about a topic that affected everyone.
After the young leader had been with the company for a few months he hit the company's busy season. As a result, one morning when he came in he was so focused on his plans for the day that he walked right past Calvin. As soon as Able walked past Calvin he heard him say, "Hey, boss. It's going to be 85 degrees and sunny today!"
Able immediately stopped and asked Calvin why he told him that. Calvin answer was very telling. He said, "Because you're the weather man! You ask me about it every day since you started here like clockwork."
The moral of this story is that being consistent with your employees will benefit you. If Able had spent the time to ask Calvin a question that actually benefited their company every day imagine how much progress they would have made?
As a leader, your people's eyes will be on you. They'll listen to what you say and how you say it. So make it count. Take the time to ask questions that matter.
If you're trying to improve your company's safety culture, then take the time to ask about safety. If you want to verify that your people are following process protocol then ask about that. If you do this day in and day out results will soon follow.
Has this ever happened to you in your business? If so, how did it work out for you and for your company? Feel free to throw this into the comment section.
Until next time, own your legacy...
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