A few days ago I came across the following piece titled IT’S UP TO ME by Haim Ginott

“I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized.”

After reading and reflecting upon the author’s intended meaning, it struck me that there are distinct parallels between a teacher in the classroom and a business owner or manager because they are also a teacher and role model in their business. Like it or not, you set the tone each day when you walk into your business.

What messages are you sending when you show up each day?  Are you inspiring your employees and promoting teamwork? How are you handling adversity? Your attitude and example are contagious and can have a profound impact upon the culture you are trying to build and reinforce in your company.

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