Growing up and well into adulthood, whenever I left the house my dad invariably said:
“Watch for idiots on the road.”
Not “Drive safe” or “Be careful“, but “Watch for idiots on the road.” And as curmudgeonly and vaguely paranoid as it sounded, I always took it as a compliment.
It was his way of saying, “I know you’re smart and competent behind the wheel. It’s everyone else I’m worried about.” And I appreciated that. My dad wasn’t an overly affectionate man, but he somehow always made me feel that he believed in me.
So the tip here is really twofold:
First, actually do watch for idiots on the road. It’s sound driving advice.
And second, find a way to show your team that you believe in them. It doesn’t have to be overt or gushy or something out of a management textbook. Make it unique to you and your personality, and your team will appreciate it.
(Photo by Aaron Stidwell via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons)