Three Ways To Disengage Your Performers

According to research done by Christopher Sibona, a graduate student at the University of Colorado Denver, the number 1, 2 and 3 reasons people get "unfriended" on Facebook are:

  • Frequent, unimportant posts
  • Posts about polarizing topics like politics
  • Inappropriate posts, such as racist or suggestive comments

Couldn't the same be said for how we sometimes cause the performers in our circus to disengage from our circus? Giving too much information too often, introducing topics for discussion that have no purpose in moving work forward, or simply bringing up a conversation on something that violates someone's value system occur way too often in the workplace.

I have a friend who uses the answers to 3 questions to filter his words. He is the most respected man I know, and yes, he is a leader who has many performers who are willing to give their best effort to accomplish the objectives set before them. The questions are:

  • Is it true?
  • Is it necessary?
  • Is it kind?

You may not choose the same 3 questions, but getting some guidelines in place might help prevent those moments when you push away those you need close to you-at work and in life.