How to Get Your Employees Thinking Above the Line in Your Small Business.

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If you find your team saying “My Coach Sucks”, It’s time they learned how to “Be the Coach”!

video-150x150After we get past the humor of this YouTube video, let’s parallel this to what you may hear in your small business environment. In fact, my guess is that you have a team member or two who plays this scenario out on a daily or weekly basis making the culture of your small business difficult to work in. That person may even be YOU! (Oh yeah, I went there!)

There are a number of behaviors that you can add to this list. At ActionCOACH we categorize all behavior in two areas Above The Line or Below The Line thinking as the following illustrates.

ABOVE THE LINE – (Results)

  • Ownership
  • Responsible
  • Accountable
BELOW THE LINE – (Reasons)

  • Blame
  • Excuses
  • Denial

Above the Line
These are actions that are focused on “self”; What can I do to see a different result, how can I contribute better to the result, how can I react to make a better result? You are accepting the role you play.

Below the Line
These are actions that are focused on everything and everyone except you; “The dog ate my homework”, “It’s not my job”, “The boss sucks”, “The economy sucks”. You are avoiding the role you play.

Mental Training
Whether you’re talking sports, business, or personal life, mental training is the most under-rated aspects of becoming the best “YOU” you can be. After all, isn’t success your choice?

You think the mental part is not a big deal? Then how come every one thought running a 4 minute mile was impossible. For decades experts and top athletes all agreed it couldn’t be done. Then in 1954 Roger Bannister ran a 3:59.4. He beat it by only .6 of a second. In the years to follow, over 50 runners broke the 4 minute mark! It is now the standard of all middle distance runners.

Habit: What It’s All About
a. A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition.
b. An established disposition of the mind or character.

Somebody even wrote a book about it; best-selling author, Stephen R. Covey “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. Make it a daily habit to purpose to be better then you were yesterday or the day before. Are you choosing to be a better team player? Are you choosing to be coachable? Are you choosing not to be complacent? Are you choosing to stay positive? Sure, you can’t choose the weather…..but you can choose how to react to the weather.

“Keep doing what you’ve been doing and you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting. If you don’t like what you’ve been getting than quit doing what you’ve been doing!”

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