What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Typically someone uses a quote like this to encourage you to raise your actions to the level of your rhetoric. I’m not going to offer you another tired version of that message.
Instead, I say you embrace the truth that your actions speak louder than your words.
Craft your week around opportunities to have people–the people you most want to influence–see you behave in the ways that matter.
Run a meeting better than everyone else, exactly how you wish they would run their meetings.
Send a thoughtful e-mail congratulating someone on a win, no matter how small of an accomplishment it may seem.
Take the time, regularly, to smile at the strangers you meet on the sidewalk, in the hallway, even in the passing cars.