Voicings: Managing & Motivating in Tough Times
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Sometimes, when I have a bad day, I come home and pour a scotch and retreat to my backyard to think. What could I have done differently? How did this happen? What will I do now? I like to stop and think about one of my heroes, Winston Churchill. Suddenly, my problems don’t seem so earth-shattering.
After all, I make fun toys for a living. But look at a guy like Churchill. For him, things were truly life and death—but he prevailed. “We will never surrender…” he said.
Sure, the things you and I are facing are tough—but they’re not Churchill tough—and if you focus on the five simple concepts I’ve outlined here you won’t find yourself waving the white flag.
1. You must motivate yourself before you can motivate others
The most important thing you need to do in tough times is to manage your own emotions. Many of the difficulties you will face this year will not be of your own doing and almost all of them are completely out of your control. What is within your control is how you react to the situation. Do you sulk, pout or belittle your employees? Or do you keep a steady and determined hand on the rudder and keep your staff aligned?
How you think is everything. While it’s easier said than done, you must always think success, not failure. Stay positive and look for the silver lining in even the darkest cloud. Do you know people who always seem to get the breaks? Well, it’s not luck they have—it’s attitude. They’re winners because they believe they’re winners. Henry Ford said it well: “Whether you think you’re a success or a failure, you are.”