5 Steps To Cultivate A Positive Attitude In The Workplace

August 30th, 2010

1. Take Personal Responsibility for Problems.
Have you ever noticed how people who are the problem never recognize they are? We all have blind spots that inhibit our growth. People who are the most successful have learned the importance of identifying where they are shunning responsibility. Look at areas in your work life where your always blaming or complaining. What are you failing to be responsible for here?

2. Stop Trying to Change Your Work Mates.
Focus only on changing your own feelings, thoughts and actions in order to change your attitude. In truth, most people don’t invest much time developing self awareness so they remain unconscious of their behavior and their impact on the people around them. You simple cannot change these people. Well, you can. But the only proven way to see amazing changes in other people is to change yourself first.

3. Practice Being Grateful for Your Job and Your Workplace.
It is said that the healthiest of all human emotions is gratitude. Rather than looking for what’s wrong at work, start to focus on what’s right. Zig Ziglar calls this shifting from being a fault finder to good finder. A great way to cultivate a positive attitude in the workplace is to keep a daily list of 5-10 things your grateful for at work. You’ll be surprised how this simple postive self talk exercise will shift your perspective at work.

4. Look for the Opportunity.
In every bad situation the Law of Polarity dictates there is also good. Napoleon HIll made a compelling observation about the Law Of Polarity in his book Think and Grow Rich. He said,

“Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune,or temporary defeat.”

Whenever you perceive that something bad is happening or has happened, get into the habit of practicing positive self talk by switching your focus to see the hidden opportunity. There is always one there.

5. Make a Consious Effort to Think Before You Act.
If you have an attitude that needs shifting, it requires shifting thoughts ,feelings and actions that have become habit. This requires greater mindfulness in each and every minute. Learn to practice more control in how you respond to work challenges minute -by- minute. This can be as simple as focusing on positive self talk and filtering out negative messages.
The Power Of Positive Thinking And Positive Attitude In The Workplace: The Benefits You Can Expect
We all want to feel good and enjoy our careers. But many of us have lost our way and no longer know how to find the joy in the everyday mundane tasks our jobs require. By cultivating a positive attitude in the workplace, you will slowly shift the energy and attitude of the people around you. Just like some people can really bring you down, your attitude and behaviour can elevate other people to great heights and new possibilites.By focusing on improving your attitude in the workplace you will quickly become an influential source of strength to those around you.

Effective Communication Skills

June 22nd, 2010

According to a study carried out by linguists, words constitute 7% of the effective communication skills. Other elements of effective communication techniques like body language, facial expressions, oration skills and confidence constitutes 93% of effective communication skills.
Let the Other Party Speak First
Let others make their point first and come up with issues that they think are necessary in order to solve the problem. If you don’t let the other party speak first, you may miss an important point. Besides, the other party may think you are not considerate about their viewpoint and this can turn the communication to a wrong track. Don’t interrupt the person in between and start your own stream of arguments. Be it business or personal relationship communication, let the other party speak first. You will get your chance to speak!
Listening is an Art
Listening is a essential part of every sphere of communication. If you are not listening to their views (remember “Listening” not just “Hearing”) you may be wasting your time and also hampering a good relationship. Listen to the arguments and points put forward by the other person and then leave some to think. If you can develop the ability to listen well, it’s like mastering a skill that will pay you rich dividends in the longer term of your career. Effective listening is of utmost importance.
Reach a Decision
Instead of beating about the bush and just trying to play the blame game, try to reach a decision. Present your concerns and feelings about the issue and then ask the person what are the common things on which we take a common stand. It is better to finish the issue once instead of carrying the burden of it into the future.

How to Turn Your Business Around Amidst a Changing Economy

May 17th, 2010

 1. Focus on what you already have.

Your existing customers are your number one asset. Therefore, survey them and talk to them about their needs, operations, and product lines. Is there an unmet need you can fulfill for them? Can you supply parts for another product line they carry? Can you make their business easier to run in some way? A simple way to find out is to ask, “What other product lines do you carry?” or “Where do you need additional help in your business?” You may discover that they carry another product you can supply materials for. Even though they’ve been your customer for many years, they may not be familiar with all you offer. The fact is that most of the time we sell people the same product or the same line. In a changing economy, you need to find out what else your customers do or what else they need. Since their industry is likely changing too, they’re probably adding new products and services to stay competitive. You may just be the perfect supplier for their growing needs. But until you ask them, you’ll never know.