Tuesday Tip from Pride Institute: Everyone needs encouraging, including you and your dental team

Dec. 10, 2013
Encouragement keeps dental teams motivated

By Kristine A. Hodsdon, RDH, MSEC, Consultant/Trainer Pride Institute

I draw today’s Tip from the book, “Encouraging the Heart: A Leadership Challenge” by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner.

Courage and Encourage — two words, same origin. The heart. You've got to have heart. Miles and miles and miles of heart. There's no bravery or boldness without heart. There's no spirit or support without heart. There's no sacrifice or soul without heart. Nothing great ever gets done without heart. You’ve got to have heart.

We need heart because the struggle to the top is arduous. Our research tells us that if we're going to make it to the summit we need someone shouting in our ear, "Come on, you can do it. I know you can do it!" It's not something we easily admit — a lot of times we think we can do it alone. But we all really do need encouragement.

Encouragement boosts our performance, strengthens our resolve, and improves our health. We need the applause and we need to know that we're connecting to others in order to do our best. We need the enthusiasm and the energy from others.

Ask yourself today: Where are you being courageous? What encouragement do you crave? Where do you demonstrate heart?

Now take a look at your relationship web. Who can be that someone shouting in your ear? Who is there to support you? And of course, don’t forget to offer support!

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