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“article courtesy of Leadership Freak”

#1. Complain a little and move on. “We’ve talked about this the last three times we met. How might we move on?”

#2. Become an artist. Paint a picture of a vibrant environment.

  • How might we treat each other the way we wish higher ups treated us?
  • What have your colleagues done to encourage you in the past? How might we do that for each other now?
  • If we had an energizing culture, what would we be doing for each other? Do that!

#3. Get amnesia. Forget about things you can’t control. It’s frustrating and draining when we try to control things out of our control.

#4. Put on an apron. Turn outward. Choose a community service project.

#5. Drop anchor over purpose. When storms blow in, purpose fuels grit. Why did we get into this work in the first place?

#6. Lace up your walking shoes. Go on walkabouts.

  • Notice virtues like diligence, compassion, consistency, and drive.
  • Greet people in the morning.
  • Stop by to say, “Thank you,” before people go home.

Even though things might be bad, you can still care about the person sitting next to you.

#7. Fuel up true believers. It’s easy to forget about small points of light and focus on critics and complainers.

#8. Get your gab on. Tough times are worse when information is scarce. Tell everyone everything you can.

A series of brief conversations has more impact than one long talk.

#9. Deal with naysayers in private. Don’t correct the whole team when the darkness centers on a few.

#10. Look in the mirror. Tell your team how you want to show up. Ask them to hold you to it.