Let Humility Reside

Let Humility Reside 150 150 Pedrotti's Ranch

Being humble is not always an easy task. It is natural to discuss what is going on in our lives, our businesses, our progressions and our accomplishments. It also seems innate to speak of the things that go wrong and to complain when things aren’t going exactly the way we wish.

For this reason, and many others, it is important to let humility to reside within us. I’ll speak specifically from a business perspective – when times are tough, it’s easy to gripe; when times are great, it’s easy to boast. That being said, in tough times, the best thing to do is press on and persevere. Take responsibility for what needs to be done, and do it. Work hard, do everything you can to improve and help others around you grow. Find the elements of the business you can change and develop creative ways to change them. You CAN make things happen, so put on a perseverant face and forge ahead. Don’t blame others, and don’t spend time finding faults. Take action, work hard and push through the tough times.

When things are going swimmingly with your business, it’s easy to want to shout it from the rooftops. And we all love to share good news! I am not suggesting that we should not showcase accomplishments, but it is important to remember to keep a humble mentality. Remember that you are where you are because of the people around you, the sacrifices that have been made for you, the parents or grandparents who have raised you – the reasons are truly endless.

Use the good times to take note of what went right and what you can continue to do to make the path ahead even greater. But rather than spending your time boasting about your accomplishments, instead spend it thanking those who helped you to achieve – your staff, your spouse, your friends, your customers. In your accomplishments, be happy and celebrate, but also be grateful, show your thanks and use your successes to make you work that much harder.

Water, Nurture, Empower

Water, Nurture, Empower 150 150 Pedrotti's Ranch

Consider a blossoming tree. Its roots are generally not visible from the surface of the tree. There may be a few at the top, but the rest are below the ground working hard to sustain life for the tree. It is hard to know the status of each of the roots – if they are holding on by a thread, reaching out for others to try to gain stability or strengthening the tree by enhancing its growth and nutrients. Each root may operate separately, but they all have a common goal to give the tree life. In order to do this – they need to be watered, nurtured and empowered.

In a business sense, your team of staff and employees are the roots of your blossoming tree.

Water: In order to help the business grow and flourish, your staff members must be in an environment where they can thrive and use their best talents. Create a positive workspace for your team by ensure that they are comfortable with their creative work area and their operational work area, respectively. Help them help themselves by providing them with the appropriate tools they need to succeed. Ongoing communication is vital so you and the employee are always in sync.

Nurture: Encourage your team members. Cheer for them. Provide guidance for them when they need direction or correction, but remember to also pay attention to positive steps and good work. Tell them, “Job well done!” Take them to lunch on occasion. Lead by example – show them how to inspire others by inspiring them. Remember their birthdays. Show them your gratitude. Find out the best way that they receive this gratitude and tailor your encouragement and kudos to each of your employee’s needs.

Empower: When your employees progress and succeed, empower them to own their tasks and assignments. Before you provide your respective employees responsibility, be sure you have confidence that he or she has the right skills, knowledge and resources to do the job. Make sure you have expressed that to your employee. While your employees should feel empowered to succeed, they should also know they hold accountability for their work. And hold yourself accountable as well. It is okay to make mistakes, but you should coach your employees to accept responsibility and learn from those mistakes. In doing this, they will learn, grow and eventually be in the position where they can empower others as you have empowered them.