What do cowgirls have in common with leaders in corporate? Lots. Dr. Mary Temple Grandin is a leader in livestock behavior and management. She teaches that when livestock management is done well happy cows produce significantly more. Cowgirl leadership spikes productivity.
It takes special leadership to effectively work with creatures that don’t talk back. How does this carry-over to the workplace? Successful leaders understand non-verbal communication can be louder than words. They also know that happy employees are much more productive. Companies with women leaders often have better financial performance, social responsibility and fewer layoffs. Cowgirl leadership spikes productivity.
Being a bully boss doesn’t work with people and it doesn’t work with cattle. Studies show that cows differentiate sources of noise. Loud noise coming from people’s mouths frightens cows the most because they know it’s directed at them. That’s familiar, isn’t it? Cowgirl leadership spikes productivity.
Cattle get frightened and stressed when they see a coat on a fence or a hose on the ground. This is known as “block and stop” – the object blocks their attention to what they’re doing and they stop. Productivity ceases until the object is removed.
Studies show that happiness significantly raises productivity whether it be in cows or people. Use these tips for cowgirl leadership in your organization.
Cowgirl leadership spikes productivity.
Eliminate distractions. Don’t “block and stop” your employees. Eliminate daily hassles, such as, goal ambiguity, interruptions and anything that impedes progress in the most important work.
No surprises. Cattle tend to stampede when they’re startled. People don’t like surprises either. Naturally there will be changes during projects, but keep open communication and explain why changes are necessary.
Use behavior to influence. Yelling and agitation will not get cows to do what you want; it only upsets them. Same with employees. People remember your behavior so use it to influence theirs’ – be diplomatic, actively listen to others and do what you promised.
Spread recognition. Cows that are known only by a number produce much less milk than those that are recognized by name. Recognize your employees for their contributions to spike productivity.
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