The Chinese Water Torture Cell.
September 21st, 1912. Berlin, Germany –
Harry Houdini introduces the world to what would become his most well-known and dangerous act.
In Houdini’s own words:
“Imagine yourself jammed head first into a cell filled with water. Your hands and feet unable to move. Shoulders lodged tightly in imprisonment. Never, will there be a more dangerous or difficult stunt for me to perform”.
Gasps and shrieks rang out as the audience witnessed a chained Houdini lowered upside-down into the water-filled chamber. The top of the tank secured by lock. A drape thrown over the glass. Houdini had 2 minutes to escape.
This was the trick that would captivate the world and sensationalise his name.
As a business owner or manager, you may have more in common with Houdini than you ever imagined.
Especially when your business is going through hard times.
Times of change and challenge can make it feel like you’re the star in your own Houdini escape act.
Not only do you have to steer your ship away from the rocks of financial ruin. You need to do it without mutiny from the crew and deserters jumping ship.
So how do you keep staff committed during the hard times?
While Houdini became famous as an escape artist, few people realised what he really was:
A master illusionist.
And what is illusion?… It’s simply the art of directing attention.
Houdini seduced his audience’s attention. Captivated their imagination. And took them on a journey through the story he was telling:
“Where attention goes energy flows” – author James Redfield.
Now my question to you is this:
Are you allowing your employees to engage in negativity, spread rumours and influence the direction of your business?
Or are you actively managing your employees’ focus, maintaining positivity and being the director in the story of your future?
What follows are 13 strategies you can use to manage your employees’ mindset and keep your best performers on board and committed.
However before you start with these strategies, it’s important that you understand where your employee’s are at mentally and emotionally right now.
To help you do this I’ve put my Employee Pulse Check template online for you to access, at no cost.
It’s a simple 12-question employee survey that will give you insight into your employee’s attitudes, opinions and motivations.
Download it now and deploy it to learn whether your employee’s are at risk of jumping ship, why and what you can do about it.
Once you know what’s wrong, take a look at the following low-cost strategies and pick the ones that are most relevant for your challenges.
If you have questions on this topic or any others, feel free to reach me by email or set up a free one-on-one consultation session, or drop me a comment below.
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