Our choice of words matter. We can use words dis-empowering words such as: might, try, should, maybe and but or we can use empowering words such as: can, and, choose, and will. Which do you find yourself using more?
Scare resources in your organization? Low morale in your community or business? Listen for the cues for dis-empowered language. Have you heard people say… “We don’t have the resources”. “It’s one of too many priorities I can’t get done”. “It’s not my responsibility”. “That won’t work”. “I guess I’ll just do it myself”. “but…..”
Taking time to listen for dis-empowering words becomes the first step to empowerment. Third River Partners coaches it’s clients in the difference between dis-empowering and empowering language. Their supportive, values based leadership model turns teams from dis-empowerment to empowerment by noticing word choice. Words do matter. [Read more…]