Reposting from Dan Rockwell on LEADERSHIP FREAK
It takes largeness of spirit to value ducks when you’re a monkey. Foolish monkeys complain about ducks. Wise monkeys maximize their potential.
Persistent disapproval de-energizes ducks.
Learn how to approve of ducks even while working to improve their quacking. But remember, a duck in a monkey mask will always waddle and quack.
Approve of those you hope will improve. Approval energizes the spirit and inspires bold quacking.
Points of celebration even with poor quackers:
- Celebrate any acknowledgement that quacking is below the bar. Excuses end progress. Pour into ducks if they recognize they quack poorly.
- Celebrate their potential for improved quacking. Untapped strength and unleveraged talent is latent potential. But don’t waste time trying to turn quacking ducks into squealing monkeys.
- Celebrate their passion and commitment to improve.
- Celebrate improved quacking.
Reassign or remove poor quackers if one of the above four qualities is missing.
Gratitude finds things to approve.
It takes skill to approve of ducks while working to improve their waddling and quacking. One key is ‘waddling with’ rather than ‘squealing aloof’.