Show Guidance, Not Sympathy
Many times in business, much like in life, a person’s perspective determines one’s morale or attitude more so than does any actual situation. Many companies will make statements such as, “the morale of the team is down because of recent company changes, cuts in benefits and employee layoffs.”
To improve morale is to change the team’s perspective versus looking for a golden answer. An organization can spend all its time focusing on these changes and continue to experience negative emotions, or it can choose to change the perspective of its people. Which do you think is more productive and advantageous?
Yesterday, Promotional Consultant Today suggested that leaders focus on gratefulness as a source for changing morale. Today, we look at the state of happiness.
Stop searching for happiness. It is not a destination; rather it is a state of being.
A leader once said that if your goal is to be happy then you will never be happy. People say it all the time, “My goal is to be happy.” Deep down everybody truly wants to be happy; however, people are not happy because they are successful. They are successful because they are happy.
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“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
A great leader must insist on all team members being happy, and if they are not happy they should find a new place to work or hang out. Keep in mind that being happy does not mean being content. As people and as business leaders, one must always strive to improve. When people stop trying to improve they become bored and content (and actually unhappy). Contentment is a major contributor to morale. Contentment is like quicksand; anybody can fall in it and it will continue to pull a person down until they are gone or until a leader challenges them and pulls them out.
If your organization is having morale issues, look at the happiness and contentment of the team. Get in a happy state of being and challenge yourself and your team to never be content.
Source: Nathan Jamail, best-selling author of The Playbook Series is also a motivational speaker, entrepreneur and corporate coach. As a former executive for Fortune 500 companies, and owner of several small businesses, Jamail travels the country helping individuals and organizations achieve maximum success.