Posts Tagged ‘support’

Bridging the gap

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Isn’t it interesting, the humble ant can bridge a gap many times its body size with a helping ‘hand’ from its fellows and yet it isn’t uncommon, even  in relatively highly performing teams for people not to receive this kind of support.  Indeed, challenge is seen as something of a virtue, as well as a measure of the size of one’s member!  Clearly it is all about balancing the need for support and challenge and this should be down to the leader to deliver, but too often the cultural norms of the team mirror his or her personal style.

You need to be able to depend on your team mates; to be able to achieve things with their help and support that perhaps are beyond you without them.  This enables the team to synergise.  Looking and listening for what is right in their proposal and building on it rather than trying to attack the faults within it.  Bosses need to look for what is right and praise it rather than simply trying to see mistakes and jumping on them.  A little recognition can go a long way and it is proven that people will work harder and longer for someone who makes them feel special, even if they aren’t earning top dollar.


“’Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after.”  William Shakespeare

“In a relationship each person should support the other; they should lift each other up.”  Taylor Swift

Majorcan Blog No 6:

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

I was floating in the pool on a lilo and thinking what an insubstantial thing it was to keep me afloat, just a little bit of flimsy plastic and a puff of air, and yet it was all that I needed to feel safe and supported. Sometimes a little support goes mighty long way, and is all we need to move forward. Sadly most of us have relatively few sources of this in our lives.

However, with just a little bit of effort and sensitivity we are able to give away this precious gift to those we come into contact with and what a huge difference we can make by doing so. Just a kind word here, a little listening there, sometimes just a smile… that can be all it takes to change a life.