At some of my keynote speeches and workshops, I ask people to jot down the name of their favourite teachers. Everyone can usually name two or three.
But did you ever have a teacher who was unkind. Most people can relate several stories – stories they have never forgotten.
Many teachers are technically brilliant, prepare great lessons and deliver them with passion but when it comes to managing individuals, they are unhelpful and unkind. The same applies to us as parents, supervisors, leaders, etc.
It doesn’t have to be like that. Here a couple of tips
- When a someone has a challenge, try to understand the challenge from their point of view.
- Ask “What can WE do to solve this problem?” There may be a very effective action you can take to assist them.
- Praise in public (for most people) but ALWAYS criticise privately.
- Before you speak, ask yourself what outcome you want.
- Before you speak, ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind?’
There are two excellent articles in the Australian Teacher magazine which will provide you with excellent ideas on how to be remembered as being an inspiration to others.