The future is what your people skills make of it

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It’s not unusual to feel anxious about the new year because no one knows what the next 12 months will bring. Those who profess clear vision from their crystal balls are bluffing. Rather than be here, they’d still be vacationing in Tahiti after cashing in on their clairvoyance last year.

We look forward to challenges that await and wonder how we will emerge by Dec. 31. At the same time, leave little to chance. Don’t depend on life taking care of itself. Take the initiative and make things happen in your favor before anything unexpected occurs.

Along the way, don’t be afraid to lighten up. Humor, style and compassion all play roles in the passion for life. Humor in particular is essential to get by, especially since you can’t take half of what you see in the world around you seriously.

Getting excited about passion produces an adrenaline rush, which in itself is almost addictive in generating more passion. Keep in mind that excitement and passion affect each of us differently. Left to flourish, excitement and passion spread like a welcome virus. However, passion forced on others backfires if they aren’t in a passionate frame of mind.

If you don’t pace yourself, passion will get the better of you. Burnout not only affects you but also those who you planned to help. Take care of yourself so you can keep caring for others.

Attitudes, feelings and people skills will help you share excitement and passion. As a start, listen to others and their desires. Then apply your talents and skills to help them in ways you know best.

Great leaders ignite exciting passion in those they lead if they are aware of their team’s abilities and desires. They then delegate responsibilities to let people do what they do best. In this way, all the players know their stake and role in the group’s success.

Leaders and followers alike will make this a year to remember for the good they do, providing that they put their people skills to best use.

About The Author

Jim Katzaman is a manager at Largo Financial Services and worked in public affairs for the Air Force and federal government. You can connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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