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5 Pillars of Red Shoes Living

by Lonnie Mayne
Pillar 1 - Awareness: Don’t walk through life blind to the beauty around you. Witness the good. Choose to participate in a better world. Whether it’s looking up to appreciate a sunrise or checking your tone when you’re dealing with a disgruntled employee, have the courage to go all in, be present, and see your employees and customers as human beings first.

Pillar 2 - Gratitude: Studies show that an attitude of gratitude brings more happiness into the workplace and helps teams build the confidence to reach their goals. It also inspires higher productivity and job satisfaction, because employees feel like organizations value their contributions and have their best interests at heart.

Pillar 3 - Everyone Has a Story: Everyone has a story and those stories change every single day. Maybe that frustrated customer just worked a double shift or that checked-out employee is dealing with a sick parent. When you take pause to understand where someone is coming from, you can connect with them in a more meaningful way and motivate them to show up as their best self.

Pillar 4 - Respect and Kindness:
An employee will give their all for a leader who sees the potential in them, holds them accountable to it, and also treats them with kindness and respect. Like my grandma, Avalanche Blanche, put it best: “Treat those who have more than you as equals and those who have less as kings and queens.”

Pillar 5 - Put Yourself Out There: What if you treated every interaction as a chance to stand out like a pair of red shoes? Get out of your comfort zone. Take action on your dreams. Become an advocate for an employee or go that extra mile to delight a customer. Be better today than you were yesterday. In the end you have to put yourself out there and do!