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The follower’s version of a song

You might be familiar with an English-language Christmastime song, talking about a man in a red suit who is coming to town. The verses claim that he sees everything you do, and you should be well-behaved.

Leaders, your followers observe you this way all-year-round.

I know all of you readers are human, and I don’t want you to think you have to be perfect if you’re a leader. On the contrary. Humans make mistakes… and your followers are watching closely to see how you handle those situations. A person’s character is revealed both by what a person does, as well as how one tries (or does not try) to make amends for misuse of power and influence.

Followers, watch your leaders. Note what they do well, and also make an Anti-List: they way you will NOT handle a situation, if something similar happens to you.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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Echo and Praise

Do you pay more attention to someone’s rank than the quality of their ideas?

This week I challenge you to pay close attention to people in your company who have an equal or lower rank than you.

Listen for an idea that can improve the company in a meaningful way.

Or for an idea that helps the lower-ranked people get promoted faster or eliminates a frustrating bureaucracy step for them.

Then use your star power.

Echo the idea and praise them by name on social media.

(You might choose to do this within your company’s distributor discussion group.)

Use the “Share” feature or copy-and-paste their words. Tag them in the post, or at least mention them by first and last name.

Even if your influence is at a peer-level, you are helping their idea gain traction.

Show them that you’re listening, you use the power you have to get good ideas heard, AND you give the credit to the creator.

That’s what great leaders do.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

P.S. On Facebook, writing a comment on a post gives it a higher priority in the Newsfeed than a quick click of Like or Love. So when you see a good idea, take 10 seconds to write a comment. Even a quick “good idea!” comment can help their idea gain traction.

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