Does your business cultivate a culture of compassion for your team? When business leaders show their team how much they care, their team feels more confident in following them. Teams need that sense of camaraderie to support the views and beliefs of the business owner/leader.
In Jen Sincero’s You are a Badass, she states that “…giving is one of our greatest joys. It’s also one of the most powerful gestures there is.” After experiencing and seeing the effects of Hurricane Harvey here in Houston, it warms my heart to see so many businesses and people giving back. It’s truly amazing to see such a broad range of people donating their time, energy, and even money to rebuilding their communities.
At times like these, I think it’s important to remember that even the smallest contribution can have a big impact.
While a lot of businesses are reopening, there are some still struggling to sort through the wreckage that Harvey caused. It’s important that we help our local businesses so that they can provide their much-needed services to customers and their employees. Small businesses provide a stress relief to employees who may be faced with a mountain of recovery tasks at home. They give employees a sense of purpose, which can contribute to them feeling more productive instead of solely focusing on the damages incurred by the storm.
How are you supporting your team?
Are you showing your team support through your communication? If you’re unsure, then you can start showing supportive communication with DISC. DISC is a simple question and answer tool that measures observable behaviors and emotions.
The DISC Styles
The 4 communication styles are defined as follows: Dominant, Influence, Steady, and Conscientious. The D and I styles tend to be more extroverted while the S and C styles tend to be introverted.
Styles that are similar in their level of comfort in interacting tend to be more compatible with each other. They can even spot each other in a crowd! This could be because of their tone of voice, how they dress, their body language, or any number of factors. In social settings, people are drawn to those that are similar to themselves. D‘s and I‘s are more outgoing and fast-paced, which attracts them to each other. C‘s and S‘s tend to get along because of their slower pace and quieter nature.
Now this may not translate in a work setting because the context is different. Also, individuals’ communication style may differ at work due to their perception of their role or their expectations of others. Remember, the culture of the workplace tends to influence how well individuals get along as well. If you cultivate a supportive work environment, then it’s likely that dissimilar individuals will get along just as well as similar individuals.
Businesses don’t grow on the efforts of just one single person
The important take away is that even if you’re dealing with the stress of recovery after Harvey, we all need to be aware of how we’re talking to each other. We should ensure that we’re communicating to others in the manner that they would appreciate. It makes it easier for us to understand one another and meet each other’s needs. Businesses don’t grow on the efforts of just one single person, it takes a supportive community to accelerate any business. Let’s continue to focus on recovery and speak positively to one another. We are #HoustonStrong!