People Are Not Toothpaste Tubes!

Squishing and tossing is not the answer!


As the recession gained momentum, I heard an analogy from a manager about how a tube of toothpaste can seem empty but if you keep squeezing there is a little more in there.  The point that was being made, was that if you keep squeezing people, you will get more out of them and that you should just keep squeezing. That image still makes my stomach churn.


 Instead of squishing them, fill them:  Provide vision, purpose, knowledge and support.  And then unleash them to be a part of the solution. 

  • You will inspire confidence, expectation and hope.
  • You will unleash their hearts, their knowledge, their creativity and their reserves.
  • Everyone will have more fun.
  • And together, you will produce results that are greater than anyone imagined possible.

The world is crying our for leaders who build up, nurture and enhance; rather than tear down, exploit and dominate. -Laurie Beth Jones

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How are you preventing the squish and toss in your company?

President, Giana Consulting

Chery believes that:
• Anyone can be a leader.
• Everyone knows something that the rest of us don’t.
• We all need to leave our workplaces, communities, nation and world – better than we found them.

Those beliefs caused her to instigate change from every position she ever had and continually provided opportunities to lead system-wide change from the middle and the edge of organizations.

Her faith and my firm belief that leaders need to walk their talk were the reasons she agreed to move to a part of the world that she once feared. As an expat she embraced daily opportunities to meet and learn from people that represent the nations in our world.

Today Chery is The Founder of Giana Consulting, listed as a Great Leadership Speaker by Inc., writes a recognized leadership blog and has co-authored two leadership books.

She leverages true leadership stories and expat experiences to inform, inspire and emphasize life skills that cause her clients to be more energized and productive.

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