It has been a while since my last blog but spring is an exciting time and I have been busy with direct involvement on some farms which has taken a lot of energy over the past few months.
It is a pleasure to look through Fonterra’s Fencepost site and OCC website and see all but one of the farms I have direct involvement are ahead of last season. Of course production is only one measure of success but these farms have been improving every year and are now making tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars more income now through running their systems better.
One noticeable change in these successful workplace environments is the language I hear is vastly different now they are motivated and succeeding compared to when I first got involved.
If you are looking at changing or improving results in your workplace a good place to start is listening to the language being used. I had the good fortune of helping a young netball team when they really were down and out at their end of year Upper North Island College netball tournament. Their language lacked confidence and belief, two vital components of success. The change on court after our discussion was dramatic and they went on to win their last three games and against the odds stayed in the A grade.
A successful team will use words such as – belief, confident, motivated, positive, achieve, results, accountable, commit, organised, energy, success, yes, inspired. – Even if they do not use these words directly they are the foundation behind their conversations.
It is difficult to make change in the workplace environment without changing people’s attitudes first. This must come from within so if you want to make change take the time to listen to the language being used and ask yourself;
Is it positive?
Is it motivating?
And most importantly does it build confidence and belief in you and your staff?