Negativity is endemic. Who are your carriers?

Take a moment to think of someone who is always negative.

• Is this person in your team?
• Is this person easy to manage?
• How much management time is spent with this individual?

Imagine for a moment that this person is on your team and you are to give them the great news they have a significant salary rise. What do you think will be their response?

I know from managing pessimistic and negative people what their answers will be:

“Guess you want blood for that.”
“I expect you want me to work longer hours.”
“I thought it would be more.”

Are you Negative Nigel or Negative Nancy?

Attitudes are chosen and so can be changed. You can make changes and choose success. You can create a more positive attitude, and align your attitude with your goals and outcomes.

Now, take a moment to think of someone who is always positive.

• Is this person in your team?
• Is this person easy to manage?
• How much of your management time is spent with this individual?

Imagine for a moment that this person is on your team and you are to give them the great news they have a significant salary rise. What do you think will be their response?

I know from managing optimistic and positive people what their answers will be:

“Woop-woop, yay.”
“Wow, not sure I deserve this.”
“Thank you for this, I will not let you down.”

Are you Positive Patricia or Positive Peter?

Between the negative and positive mindset, whom would you rather work for? Who would get the best out of you? Who would create an environment for productivity? Whom would you rather have work with you? Who would get the best out of you and themselves? Who would help support an environment for productivity and promotion?

Having a positive Step-Up Mindset will make your journey so much more enjoyable and (dare I say it?) fun. Your attitude will help determine your success, although attitude alone will not work. You must follow through with behaviour.

With a positive attitude you will be able to recognise obstacles as challenges rather than allowing them to be the finishing line. You can look beyond what may be in your way and see your possibilities.

Of course, you can be overly positive and optimistic, and this leads to problems. Having an extremely optimistic view means that you may ignore issues and real concerns. Your outlook, whilst positive, may not be realistic. There is always balance, and realism must be included within an optimistic mindset. You will make the odd wrong decision, choose the wrong person, carry out the wrong task: that is called ‘being human’.

Excerpt from The Step Up Mindset for New Managers by Margo Manning

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