According to Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman, in their book, First, Break All the Rules, the best managers on the planet do not expect that people will change all that much. They subscribe to the “what you see is what you get” mantra. They intentionally get to know each person on their team and their individual talents and figure out how to leverage that talent to realize the goals of the whole team.
In John Maxwell’s Winning with People, he discusses the elevator principle. He describes that each of us has the ability to lift people up or take them down – just like an elevator!
And yet again, in The 24 Carrot Manager, Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton unpack this idea that great teams are a product, at least in part, of an environment where there is intentional praise and appreciation for team and individual contribution to successes. People need to be recognized for their efforts!
I could provide example after example from leadership booksyou and I have read and experiences you and I have lived out. Our teams are in dire need of leaders who will make a difference…servant leaders who will change a culture in their organizations.
I don’t believe we have to keep searching for the a missing key or the next 6 principles that successful people use to make a difference. I believe it’s already in us. We have been given a sense of truth north in our spirit. It is simply a matter of committing to consistent intentional people development as the means to accomplishing the goals and directives our teams are to accomplish.
That’s why I have developed this simple tool. We need reminders as leaders! Take the quarter, dime, nickel, and penny and place them in your pocket. Aim to genuinely express appreciation to individuals. Aim to appreciate their individual expression. Each time you do, simply transfer a coin to the other pocket. Make it your goal each day to transfer all four coins. As I have utilized this technique over the past 6 months, I can genuinely tell you that it has helped me take the time needed to connect with my team in my leadership role! I believe it will help you as well!
So … who’s with me out there? Who acknowledges that praise and encouragement is lacking a little in their leadership toolbox? Simply reply back to this post. I would love to hear some stories of how this simple tool is helping you!
The power of 4 coins is quite simple. Take a quarter, dime, nickel, and penny and place them in your pocket each day. I use those coins for two things. Firstly, every time I genuinely express appreciation to one of my employees, I move a coin from one pocket to the other. My goal is to transfer all coins to the other pocket each day. (I know that Zig Ziglar shared the use of coins and expressing appreciation to your employees – so this idea is not original with me.) However, the second way I use those coins is something original. I use each of those coins, totaling 41 cents, to remind me daily that we are one team made up of very different individuals! Take a look at those coins – they each had a different history before crossing your path. They each have different markings. They each have differing sizes and weights, and costs to manufacture. All of those are differing characteristics that I see in my team. If I do not lead them as a team of individuals my success and theirs will be very limited. So, I encourage you – become a 41 Cent Leader. Over the next days together, we will unpack some of the understanding that can be gained by this powerful analogy.