Presentation on theme: "They say that laughter is infectious, but if that's true, then other emotional traits must be infectious too, right? After all, no one could prove that."— Presentation transcript:
They say that laughter is infectious, but if that's true, then other emotional traits must be infectious too, right? After all, no one could prove that laughter is the only emotionally contagious 'thing.' This is something that all too many business people forget about when it comes to the workplace, and how their own energy affects other people around them, and the business as a whole.
You all know somebody in your workplace whose very presence around people is enough to cheer the office up, and rally the team to work harder. These people spread a positive message to everyone they come in contact with.
Then there is the person who is the "black cloud of despair" and people avoid them like the plague because their negative energy affects every single person they come in contact with - they make every working day feel longer and more difficult.
So it's worth remembering for entrepreneurs that when it comes to your business, your employees are going to take all their emotional and physiological cues from you. For example, if you're slouching around the office with your shoulders slumped and mutter replies to people, it doesn't create the right "energy" for the workplace.
That doesn't mean you need to screech into work on rollerblades and cartwheel to your desk (although that would look AWESOME, and probably go straight to YouTube). The point is this: your attitude and energy at work, every single day, will have a domino- effect on those people working with you.
If you want a shining example of how your own personal energy can affect your entire business have a look at the Virgin brand and Richard Branson. Look at this crazy-ass boss!
Here's a guy who sold used records from a market stall when he was a kid, then opened a chain of record stores (remember vinyl, folks?).
Then, Branson opened his own airline and rail service, and now he'll be the first entrepreneur to offer space tourism via the Virgin Galactic brand.
But this isn't some boring old "suit" that barks orders at people - this is a guy who skydives, travels the world in hot air balloons, and tries to break world records - putting his life in danger several times while making those attempts.
But what does that mean for his business? Well, if you ask people who work for Virgin, you'll find happy people who are treated well and who see their "boss" as somebody who cares and somebody who loves life.
The energy that Richard Branson creates by pursuing his life and his goals with passion drives every single employee in his company forward in a way that other businesses can only glow green with envy over.
Your own personal energy and your zest for life and for your work will "flow" downwards to the other people that work with and report to you. What kind of energy do you think you should be sending their way?