I’d like to share with my readers my thoughts on the effects of a positive attitude – both for staff and the wider business.
Many people are proud of the fact they expect the worst from actions and plans, indicating that way they never get disappointed and occasionally get a buzz from things working out well. They call this ‘realism’, seldom stretch their thinking or expectations and tend to get what they expect.
Other people have a more positive attitude to actions and plans – planning for success and flexible enough to find solutions when their plans are thwarted. Positive thinking people can accept an action id unsuccessfully and immediately look for other options or check out the original intent to identify if factors have changed, thus requiring a major or minor change in the original plan.
Positive, realistic people are motivating, engaging and successful, creating inspired teams and departments and in the process can develop resilience and wellbeing if they all pace themselves and look after physical and emotional needs.
In my time as a Consultant, I have seen this work brilliantly with inspirational team leaders positively working with the colleagues to achieve a goal then having an away day chosen by the group. They regularly celebrated interim goals and shared success and explored the lack of success to find another way forward or round the obstacle.
Physiological and Neuroscience research is showing us that the “feel good factor” improves our immune, digestive and musculoskeletal systems as well as our cognitive and emotional wellbeing, making us fitter in both body and mind………………………………….can’t be bad!
Or so you would think? This team was eventually broken up and the inspirational leader forced to leave the Business……………………………sadly that is how others react when they feel threatened, out of their depth or just unable to understand how inspirational people work. This cautionary comment is made not to dissuade positivity but to encourage many others to value the approach, even if they believe they are unable to match it.
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