I heard this during a seminar. As usual, sharing with my thoughts (in blue).
The SIX most important words: “I admit I made a mistake.”
When you did, it’s not easy to verbalize this out. Only the brave and honest can admit he or she has erred. Ego could come in the way.
The FIVE most important words: “You did a great job.”
You definitely feel good when someone gave you a compliment. No difference for me. I get the satisfaction when my work gets an acknowledgement. It motivates me to do better. That’s exactly what these 5 words means to me.
The FOUR most important words: “What do you think?”
Getting opinion/ideas from others when working in a team. Or for couples, seeking opinion from their spouse. This makes the others involve in the decision making.
The THREE most important words: “If you please…”
In your interactions with others, asking instead of telling, could lead to a better outcome.
The TWO most important words: “Thank you.”
We like to be thanked for what we do. So make it a habit of giving a sincere and genuine acknowledge to someone for their contributions, no matter how small it may be.
The ONE most important word: “We”
The ONE least important word: “I”
Using a “we” instead of “I” puts others before yourself. For a leader, using “we” puts your team in the limelight when you win awards, not just you. You get more respect when you share the glory.
A note to self: Find the opportunities to say these words in my daily life.