Today, I want to share something with you guaranteed to help in your business, your career, your family… in every area of your life. It will make you more likable, and impact your life in more ways than you ever thought possible.
Ready for this? Everyone likes to be encouraged and edified. I know it doesn’t sound groundbreaking, but I cannot underestimate the importance of grasping this. Everyone likes to feel special and important. And when you bring this principle into your company or home, you won’t believe the difference it can make!
Edify? What exactly does that mean? Simple… it means to build someone up, to uplift and encourage them.
But it’s so much more than just “saying nice things.” It carries huge benefits – for both them and you. And it takes a certain level of leadership and maturity to recognize those benefits and actually use this strategy within your circle of influence.
One Skill Separates Success From Failure
Every successful person I’ve ever encountered has had this one thing in common: They have a profound level of people skills. The kind of people skills that attract all kinds of people, almost like a magnet. This is a skill set NO ONE should go through life without, but unfortunately, most people are not willing to learn it. If this is what separates success from failure, then what are you waiting for?!
First, when you edify someone in your company, your family or your community, you build that person’s reputation. When you edify that person publicly, you position them as a leader, as someone others will follow. You actually shape other’s perception of the person you edify!
Think about that for a minute. Imagine you’re a CEO, and you see Sue, the receptionist in your office, doing a really terrific job. She holds the front line – as the first person your clients encounter, she is quick and efficient, and she always honors your clients and does her best to fill their needs.
So you decide to recognize Sue and edify her in front of the other staff members in your office. You tell her what a great job she’s doing (using specifics) and how much you appreciate her dedication in helping the team. You tell your staff Sue is the perfect example of the leaders you want in this company.
Now, how does this affect your team? It causes them to see Sue as a leader in the company and totally changes their perception of her. And, why is she so important? She’s the receptionist… the voice of your company! By edifying her, it causes the rest of the employees to want the same thing and work toward a common goal.
What does it do for Sue, the receptionist? It gives her a reputation she wants to live up to! You just set her up as a company leader by encouraging the things you want to see increase. And, guess what? She will continue to step into that role.
Finally, what does it do for you? It positions you as a leader. It shows you as someone who encourages and speaks highly of others. It creates a mutually-beneficial relationship between you and the person you edify.
When you cultivate an environment of encouragement and edification, people want to be there. When people work in a positive environment, they want to come to work and will work better to produce more results.
Have you ever seen a company filled with negativity and gossip? Their environment simply allows and cultivates it. Edification changes the environment into a place people enjoy. It creates a standard for your environment and gives people the proper frame of mind.
There’s no downside to edification. Seriously, who doesn’t want to create more harmony, more productivity and more effective teamwork inside your company or family?
A lot of people won’t edify others… simply because they’re so full of pride. But edification is not about building the other person’s ego; it’s about positioning. Even if you can’t stand the person… even if they can drive you crazy… even if you could do a better job of it… EDIFY THEM! It’s not about you; it’s about positioning them, to pull out their best.
Whether you’re CEO or just hired yesterday, whether you own the company or work in the mailroom, this is something you can start practicing today. Edify your boss, your coworkers, your clients and your prospects.
And this is not limited to a work environment! Edify your family! Edify your spouse in front of your children. Edify your children in front of their siblings. Edify your kids’ teachers in front of your kids.
The changes you’ll see in the people around you, will amaze you. You will not recognize your environment when you create this kind of culture. I’m telling you, by creating an atmosphere of edification, you set up yourself – and your company or family – for outrageous success.
It’s no secret we live in a world filled with negativity. Just look around… you’ll see. But we can do something to change that! Imagine if you lived in a culture of honor, encouragement and edification. Imagine how great it would be, if everyone used this amazingly simple strategy to create better relationships, build bigger profits and expand their influence. How awesome would that be?!
Spreading this message is the first step you can take to make that happen! Go ahead and send this to everyone you know, and share on Facebook and Twitter. Pass it around work today and even hand it out to your employees or coworkers.
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In great faith
In great faith,
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