Best Boss Take 5 | The Platinum Rule

One of the standout concepts we teach in our Best Boss Bootcamp is the Platinum Rule. Unlike the familiar Golden Rule, this gem takes interpersonal relationships to a whole new level. It says, “Do unto others as they want to be done unto.”

Here’s how to apply the Platinum Rule:

1. Take Off Your Blinders

The first step in applying the Platinum Rule is to recognize that you don’t hold the ultimate truth about what motivates or inspires people. Toss that ego and adopt humility. Understand that what fires you up might not do the same for your colleagues or subordinates.

2. Get Curious, Seriously

The next phase involves becoming a “fascinated anthropologist.” Ask questions. Probe. Find out what motivates the people around you, both externally and internally. Look for the ‘why’ behind their actions and preferences. The point? To find out what truly makes them tick.

3. Mine the Platinum

Here’s where it gets real. It’s not just about asking questions; it’s about encouraging honest answers. People tend to tell you what they think you want to hear. Your task is to dig deeper. Make it clear that you’re looking for authentic revelations about what genuinely motivates them.

The Platinum Rule is elegant, simple, and incredibly powerful. Implement it in your conversations and watch how it transforms your relationships and team dynamics.

Interested in becoming the Best Boss you can be? Look no further than the Best Boss Bootcamp. Reach out for more info, and stay tuned for more gold nuggets of wisdom.

About Danny

With over 20 years experience in training and leadership development  — and holding an MBA and an MA in Organizational Development — Danny Ceballos has worked with organizations across the country to strengthen their effectiveness in leading and managing others through supervision+motivation best practices and strategies.