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You Are There to Help

New TipsIf someone comes in to criticize us or get us to raise our game, under what circumstances would we accept that person’s critique?

That’s easy. If I think someone is really trying to help me then I’ll listen, I’ll engage. On the other hand, if I think someone is just trying to get the job done or make himself or herself look good, I may listen because I need to keep my job, but my heart won’t be in it. My creative energies will be depleted.

So the bad news is that you will only have influence over people to the extent that they think you are sincerely trying to help them. It’s not a moral point. It’s simply how human beings work.

The most influential managers are those who can be convincing to other people that they care about them as people.

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