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What is the point of business? To become a millionaire? To employ people and give them interesting work? To contribute something to society?
Lots of businesses have robust corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies and initiatives, so maybe business is more than a naked pursuit of profit.
Likewise, with mental health and well-being ever higher up the agenda, businesses are increasingly more proactive in looking after their staff. Makes sense to me …life and work is stressful so why not make an effort to support people?
And what ties everything together for me is the concept of ‘strokes.’
A stroke, in this context, is a unit of recognition and the term is part of the Transactional Analysis lexicon.
We will explore TA a bit more next week.
People thrive on recognition. It nurtures our soul, reminds us we have value and, at a deeper level, confirms that we exist.
Everyone needs to know they are appreciated and cared for. This extends to customers and suppliers too, as without them our business is doomed.
Strokes are not rationed either, they are freely available and we can offer then to people without worrying that they will somehow run out (a popular misconception).
“Hello …good morning …how was your weekend …thanks for working late …good thinking …great presentation …well done for completing the order on time …lovely to work with you …really appreciate your help …enjoy your holiday …have a great weekend.”
These are a examples of healthy, caring strokes that we can give to people. We can give them sincerely and we can give them freely.
Even though they might sound like little words, they can have a big impact. Staff relish being appreciated and love it when their hard work and diligence is noticed.
We all do!
We can give strokes and we can receive them as well. We can smile and say ‘thank you,’ instead of batting them away with a dismissive wave.
We can learn to surf the big strokes …we can enjoy them, let them sink in and we can feel pleased with ourselves.
Surfing takes a bit of practice and so it is with giving and receiving strokes. At first people often think that too many strokes are going to make people somehow ‘go soft,’ but that’s just a fallacy. You’d be kind to a dog, so I think it’s okay to treat humans with continued kindness.
Businesses are excellent stroke generating machines and the really successful ones know this and embed them in their customer service attitude, the way they treat their staff and they way they engage with their local community.
We can all surf the big strokes we get …we can smile and feel good and let ourselves enjoy the moment.
Thank you for reading this! (A genuine stroke for you there …I love writing the #BetterBusiness blog and always appreciate it when people read it).
Next week: What Is Transactional Analysis?
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