Posted by Howe Q. Wallace on Thursday, September 20th, 2012
Are you a “do” leader or a “don’t” leader?
Kenny Reavis in Siler City sent me a blog recently where the writer was suggesting that you should work on achieving an achievement culture by saying “do” this to teammates as compared to “don’t” do this.
The idea surrounds the concept that when you say “do,” you are communicating positive expectations as compared to negative consequences.
“Do” statements communicate possibility and aspiration as compared to “don’t” statements which communicate limitations and low expectations.
“Do” statements communicate the joy and satisfaction of achievement as compared to “don’t” which says as much as necessary and as little as possible.
To be sure, talking about consequences, limitations and variances is necessary but should be used selectively. If you work hard on saying “do,” you won’t have to say “don’t” as often.