I just watched (AGAIN!) a video of my 9 month old grandson Dean. Dean has learned that when he coughs the people around him give him attention. Someone will pat him on the back and everyone stops what they’re doing for a second to look at him with worried expressions and then someone, in a voice overdone with concern. says, “Dean, Are you OK?,” So Dean, loving the attention, offers a few fake coughs followed by innocent smiles, and gets more extravagant attention from us. It was really cute and funny.
AND HE IS 9 MONTHS OLD. So why is it that we still have employees and bosses doing their version of coughing for attention?
Complainers, moaners, and critics do get attention; most often though, it’s to shut them up, not necessarily to satisfy them. The paradigm they create is now one in which people only do what they need to do to avoid hearing them rather than thinking on their own and moving in a positive direction.
2016 Motto: Notice what’s good and raise a flag over it!