We are taught that the unconscious mind can only handle positive instructions.
If you tell someone what not to do, the mind hears an instruction to do it.
However, not everyone understands this and it is very tempting to lay down the law by telling people all the things they cannot do.
The classic joke is “Do not deface this notice”.
On one of my many visits to Dubai I noticed this “Code of Conduct” for students at the Dubai International Academic City, and Knowledge Village.
What do you think?
Seems more like a Code of Misconduct to me.
How would you re-word it?
How many examples do you notice of just this approach to influence?
Do you focus on correcting the language of people whom you manage?