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Be Better - Be a CopyCat

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So, you're pretty good at what you do, but want to be better? One of the quickest, easiest and most cost effective ways of doing that is to be a CopyCat (or as HR professionals and Management Consultants say 'Model great behaviour').

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You start out 'pretending' and then before you know it, you're doing something for real. Let me give you some examples:

  • When I was young, I was very shy. I pretended to be outgoing. A year later, this act had become habit and I WAS outgoing.
  • My husband was learning italian, but wasn't easily understood. He adopted an Italian accent (worried that this might be offensive), but his Italian was better!
  • I started to find Zumba a little less challenging and not as sweaty. I stood next to a trainee instructor in my next class and tried to do what she did. Yep - that was more of a workout!

Role models are all around us. Modelling (or copying) their behaviour is a very easy and effective way of going from good to better, as its often just small changes that we have to make. We already have the basics. So whether you want to be more assertive, be a better listener or have a difficult conversation, just for a moment 'prentend' to have the qualities and skills you admire in another (don't have a personailty transplant!) and you may surprise yourself with what you can do simply by allowing yourself to not be entirely yourself.

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