Saturday, January 1, 2011

Care Your People - "Achieve Amazing Results"!

Another year has passed by. While looking back, I am glad that I could deliver lot of lectures and do training for several corporates, small businesses, nonprofit institutions, social organizations, service clubs, schools & colleges.

When I reflect these experiences, one of the things that strikes me is the amount of confusion that surrounds the act of caring about others. While most people quickly admit that caring about others is a good thing to do, they fail to appreciate two very important aspects of caring : how huge the return is that comes back to us from caring and how quickly our personal and professional lives can change for the better once we start.

I believe our success depends on the support of other people. The only hurdle between us and what we want to be is the support of others. A person is not pulled up to a higher level job. Rather he or she is lifted up. We are lifted to higher levels by those who know us as likeable, personable individuals.

If caring can energize us and our work place, let me share with you some simple steps that will show us how to maximize the return that comes back to us from caring.

1) Master your Emotions : Even the best leaders have personal problems at one time or another. In those situations, the most effective leaders reach down inside themselves to find the strength to keep their emotions in check, especially at work.
2) Listen to your Inner Voice : When you share your dreams and goals with those close to you- a change of career, starting a new business, going back to school- you're very likely to hear a negative response. Don't let others rain on your parade- instead, go for it!
3) Engage with Attitude : Have you ever heard the phrase, “Attitude is everything”? Take it to heart, for there’s no such thing as an effective leader with a bad attitude. The best way to engage people is with your attitude, enthusiasm, and excitement.
4) The Power of Positive Action : Don't be nice to people just because you want something from them. Be positive just to be positive, and watch how your life changes for better.
5) Sincere Appreciation gets Results : One of the deepest needs of our human existence is the need to be appreciated. Each and every one of us absolutely loves to be appreciated for who we are and what we do.
6) Get others to go Extra Mile : To really energize those around you, you need to not only take a sincere interest in them and what they do, but also blow them away by doing something incredible and unexpected
7) Excitement is Contagious : So is passion. If you're fired up about what you do, chances are that those around you will be, too!
8) Engage People by Involving Everyone : The key is making sure that everyone has a voice in making suggestions on how things can be improved.
9) Leave a Trail of Gratitude : When people really hit one out of the part for you, or even if they do something simple but well –meaning, find a sincere way to express your appreciation.
10) Give Credit to Others : The best leaders are confident enough to give credit to others when things go right-and to take the blame when things go wrong.
11) Turn Enemies into Allies : The workplace is too small a place for you to have enemies. They can only sidetrack you from important things. If someone seems to have an axe to grind, find a way to engage that individual informally to find out the problem.
12) Celebrate your Success : When you achieve something that is important to you, make sure you don't let the moment pass without celebrating. It recharges your batteries!

Caring energizes everyone around us. When we open up and really care about people, we make them feel really good about themselves. This releases the reservoir of positive energy that resides in all of us. Let me assure you, if we can put the above universal principles into practice, our success at work will immediately begin to skyrocket and our personal life will thrive as never before.

Ready to energize every one ? Let me warn you, it may cause extreme enthusiasm and lead to real result in the workplace !!!

Shamim
Ref : "Revved" by Harry Paul & Ross Reck

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Shameem,

Terrific one to begin the new year. Enjoyed reading it. Keep writing. God bless you!

Navin Patel
Surat
Gujarat

Anonymous said...

Good one! Can I have your contact number to reach you.
Dr.Raman Chenattu
Bangalore

Anonymous said...

Great thought.Narayanan

nishi said...

NICE ONE YAR !

NISHI

Anonymous said...

Hi Shamim,

Wish you a very happy and prosperous NEW YEAR!!The link is excellent. Must say its a very interesting and apt thing about,why should really one care about people around. we had never thought that we can get so much of positive vibes out of practicing these simple logic in our daily work-life.Thanks for sharing this.
Good luck for your career.

With kind regards,
Vibha Bapu

Harikrishnan P.K said...

Hi Shameem, somebody have said that consultancy is for people who have failed in doing things?(not about you :). However many a times, I feel that people are living in a dream world. I have a theory that 10% of humans are criminals/corrupt or are close to that mentality. Balance 85% never got an opporunity to be criminals or corrupt. I see that todays major problem plaguing the world is not corruption (as this can't be avoided) but human attitude towards corrupt people. They either ignore or support them. They never resist or expose it. Does anyone of us have the guts to socially avoid such people? Caring and sharing is good in concept, but reality is far from it. Let us be optimistic and hope that somebody listens to you and really change??

Shamim Rafeek said...

Dear Harikrishnan,

Thanks a ton for your feed back. I am not sure about your quote "consultancy is for people who have failed in doing things". At least it is not applicable for me, because I have opted to get into it during the peak of my career. To add on. I do run my own business along with my consultancy and thank god both are doing well !

I beg to differ on your theory of "10% of humans are criminals/corrupt or are close to that mentality". I have never come across in my life any one who is a born criminal/corrupt. The situations in life would have made them so. I feel they should not be socially avoided, but they should be punished under the law if found guilty and counseled to lead a normal and ethical life.

Having pointed out this issue, let me draw your attention to another larger issue we face in our profession and society. I believe the people to be tackled today in our corporate life and society are the ones with something called "Attitude Virus". They are all around us and they spread this virus to others quickly. They are sarcastic, cynic, dig negativity out of anything and everything and spread it to others.

It is these people who find it difficult to maintain relationship, motivate and care others. People seldom like them and they get isolated due to this emotional volatility.

Let me assure you that, caring and sharing is a good concept and NOT FAR AWAY from reality. It is practiced by several people across the organizations and in their personal life successfully every other day and it is just that some people fail to see that !

I am really optimistic that, 20,000 plus people who would have gone through my articles would have gained something out of it. And I am glad, if I can make a difference to at least one of them.

Take care and once again thank you from the bottom of my heart for your valuable comments on my article. God Bless You, have a rocking year ahead.

With best regards
Shamim

Anonymous said...

Dear Sir,
I have been following your blog and was really looking forwrd for your article! thank you so much for this one! plz keep writing..

Regards,

Pallavi Reddy,
Cochin

raju said...

Dear Mr. Shameem,

I enjoyed your Success Through Excellence writeup and also your reply to Mr. Hari Krishnan's post. I must say that you are 100% correct on both instance.
Sure hope to hear more from you on different subjects.

Best regards,
Raju Narayanan.T.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Shamim,

Hope you are fine and continue to inspire the team of youngsters..!!!

Wish you an ever blasting year ahead!!!!

love,
Resul Pookutty

Shamim Rafeek said...

Dear Raju Narayanan,

Thanks for your kind feed back.

With best regards
Shamim

Shamim Rafeek said...

Dear Resul bhai,

Thanks a lot for your feed back. In fact you inspire millions of youngsters including me. We are proud of you and we look forward for that glorious moment once again you receiving another Oscar.

Good luck & have a rocking year ahead.

With best regards
Shamim

swapnil said...

Shamim sir,

nice post. really helped me come back on track.

anusia said...

Good and helpful post. A good leader should posses right attitude as because bad attitude can only brings frustration in subordinates.

Shamim Rafeek said...

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