Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words? | by Sharon King

We all know the cliché, “Actions speak louder than words”, don’t we? Well, it became a cliché for a reason because it is so true!

People often learn and believe what they see in practice, rather than just what they hear. Believe me, if anyone is a fan of linguistic skills, it’s me. So I am not saying that your words are not important – they most definitely are. And they have a huge impact – from your self-talk to how your influence your family, friends, colleagues and teams. For all of us, especially leaders, we really do need to remember and honour our old cliché though.

Successful people act as if their decisions will appear on the news or in the newspaper. Choose to take action and seven Key Steps to be the difference that makes the difference’.
  1. Practice respect and integrity in all that you do – whether it be your dealings with a supplier, customer, colleague, boss, petrol attendant or yourself.
  2. Tame your ego and forget perfectionism – a strive for excellence is worthwhile, it’s perfectionism that kills personal and professional relationships.
  3. Manage your emotions – IQ alone is not enough to get you places high EQ is the biggest difference that makes the difference!
  4. Remain logical, reasonable and consistent.
  5. Honour confidences and always help people avoid embarrassment.
  6. Avoid threatening others or allowing others to threaten or intimidate you – practice true assertion at all times.
  7. Stop the blame game, apologise when you make mistakes.

This article was originally published on Sharon King's blog at www.keysteps.co.za. Sharon King is Managing Director of Key Step

Posted on November 27, 2013

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