Passion, Politics & the Power of Words
If ever there was a two-ringed circus surely the current political stage is ‘it’ on steroids.
Two high profile people passionate about power with totally opposite perspectives on everything makes for sensational TV and heated discussions across the country. And it’s not about keeping up with the Kardashians.
What it IS about proves how destructive our words can be.
Do you remember things you said five years ago? Five days ago? How about this morning?
On both sides of the political ticket, words are coming back to haunt the candidates like boomerangs returning to their origins ( and I know a thing or two about boomerangs being an Aussie). The lesson for all of us is to watch our words. Think before we speak. Avoid responding in a knee-jerk reaction that could have serious repercussions.
Easier said than done when your boss gives you an impossible dead line, your spouse complains you don’t have time for him/her, and your kids drive your crazy with their constant demands. Stop for a nano second to think what to say rather than the first thing that comes into your head. With practice it becomes a habit.
Within all my motivational speeches on Employee Engagement, Success and Leadership, I spend time talking about the power of words and how they can destroy effective teamwork, self esteem/confidence and a productive work environment – OR – they can be used to create positive change. Leaders that use words of encouragement, praise and support for employees help build a company culture that retains talent because people are happy.
So you still think talk is cheap? Ask Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Not so much….