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A Brave Email Experiment

A Brave Email Experiment

Imagine what could happen in your company, if your President, CEO, or otherwise-titled Top Dog, conducted this experiment for as little as a week’s time;

The Email Experiment

Please use email only when absolutely necessary, to respond to those who initiate conversations with you via email.

However, those who initiate those email conversations with you should only be customers, guests and prospects, vendors and suppliers, because;

In our own company, we are going to talk to each other again.

No emails may be sent to anyone within the same building as you. Instead, you must visit them.

The only emails which may be sent to another in our own company in a different location, are those to offer a choice of times for a telephone conversation (and their reply will be to call you at one of those times), or to attach a file you must collaborate on.

Conversations will only be held by voice.

Here’s the rub: Only the Top Dog knows it’s an experiment. Everyone else is told that this is the way it will be from now on.

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Would you have chaos, or conversation?

If your answer is chaos, I am guessing your work culture is less than healthy.

If your answer is chaos, is that what happens when your email servers go down? Does everything simply stop until you are online again?

After that week’s experiment, would you go back to your old habits again? Would you have to?

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Methinks miraculous things could happen if we stop the one-way deluge of email and start talking to each other again.

[There’s a Long Version of this article on Talking Story today.]

Article Reference:
On the Kūlia i ka nu‘u warpath: The Email Enemy

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Rosa Say is the author of Managing with Aloha, Bringing Hawaii’s Universal Values to the Art of Business, ManagingWithAlohaOnline and the Talking Story blog. She is also the founder and head coach of Say Leadership Coaching, a company dedicated to bringing nobility to the working arts of management and leadership. During the month of March, she has been on a warpath to banish mediocrity.

Rosa’s Previous Thursday Column was: Everyday Performance Reviews.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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