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Rich’s Rule of Engagement # 9 – Put Things In Perspective

June 1, 2015

Rich's Rules TitlecardAn Underrated Skill – Put Things in Perspective

To support or encourage an employee, perhaps the greatest technique you can use is PUTTING THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE for them. This is one of the least talked about but powerful leadership skills – whether you are dealing with an employee, friend or child. You can put things in perspective in the following ways:

  1. Remind the person of all the good things he has accomplished, or how skilled or smart she is – or how successful he or she is most of the time.
  2. Make the mistake easy to correct. Help him see that it’s not THAT BIG of a deal and it’s not the end of the world.
  3. Let her know tomorrow’s another day and she can always start fresh in the a.m.

Mastering the skill of PUTTING THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE will help you take a great step up as a communicator and leader. This will also help you mentor the employee towards having a better attitude.

NOTE: With so many younger workers being influenced by a sense of entitlement or narcissism, including an overestimation of self, there are also times when you will need to kindly show the person he is not as great as he’s been led to believe and challenge the individual to improve performance.

For this reason Put Things in Perspective is Rich’s Rule of Engagement # 9.

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