In negotiation there is a technique called ‘anchoring’. Anchoring is where the first offer you make becomes the anchor around which all other offers are considered. Anchoring allows you to set the boundaries of the negotiation, no matter how wild or unrealistic they may be.
Getting the best out of others is not an easy task. Helping your team members to be more effective, more productive, and more engaged is not always as simple as asking them to be so, or equipping them with the skills or support to be so. In fact, sometimes it’s not even about the very problem that’s causing the problem. To be an effective leader of people requires us to be flexible in the way we approach and support our people. Sometimes it even calls on us to allow the problem to get worse before it gets better.
I’ve been flying for most of my adult life… without monitoring the exits, knowing how to open them and reading the safety card with any real intent to understand or remember it.
The people around us, our colleagues, our friends, our partners and our children are all impacted by our beliefs about what they are capable of… for better or for worse.