Volume 2, Issue 1
JANUARY 2004
Inside-Out
Is a quick tip ezine for Managers who believe in "Results Derived from Within"
Written by: Vickie Bevenour

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Make your behavior worthy of imitation!

Last month we went to the Zoo with my 20-month-old grandson, Ethan. After 2 hours of wildlife gazing, the heavens opened up and we found ourselves in the middle of a fall rain that we knew would last for hours. As we took refuge in one of the fast food type restaurants, we stayed with Ethan as his parents stood in the long food line with all of the other “drenched” families, school groups and scout troops. Knowing that everyone's nerves were a bit frayed, I started playing the game of making faces with Ethan. Everything that I did, he imitated – whether it was smiling, frowning, waving or wiping my mouth with a napkin.

On the drive home it hit me. While it has been said that imitation is the greatest form of flattery it is much greater than that, it is human contact at the very basic level. And so, the next time you, as the leader or manager of a group are complaining about poor performance, inappropriate behavior or lackluster results, think first of YOUR behavior. You are the influence on the behavior, communications and results of your group. MAKE YOUR BEHAVIOR WORTHY OF IMITATION.

While I am not fond of New Year's resolutions, I am a huge proponent of annual reviews and planning for success in the coming year. This year in your annual reviews and planning sessions with your staff, ask the following questions:

What are the top 3 behaviors that you saw in me, and liked, in this past year? What was it about those behaviors that influenced you?

What are the top 3 behaviors that you saw in me and did not like? What was the effect of these behaviors on you?

Encourage your staff to ask the same questions of themselves and of their staff. See if you can find 3 top behaviors that everyone is willing to imitate. Wouldn't it be great if everyone in your group had a plan for next year that was as simple as, make your behavior worthy of imitation!

If you like the tip, let us know but more important, share it with a friend or colleague. As always, YOUR SUCCESS IS MY GREATEST PLEASURE.

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