The Power of a Positive Attitude

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The Power of a Positive Attitude

Are you facing a significant business or organizational challenge?  I’ve seen a few and find that successful leaders in these situations maintain a positive attitude, are willing to engage their workforce, and truly focus on their people.

IS YOUR CUP HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY?

How we respond to a trial is more important than the trial itself.

Everyone faces trials in life. The most effective way to deal with a trial is with a positive attitude and outlook.  When a business faces a significant challenge, the leader must look for the positive opportunities that emerge from a market shift, economic downturn, or technology shift.  My father used to say, “look for the good … the bad will always be there.”  Successful leaders create a vision of the future that others can rally around and explore how they can contribute to getting there.

IS THE SITUATION SO BLEAK THAT THERE IS NO HOPE?

The simple solution of how to get to a better state is invariably known by those most affected. 

When entering a turnaround, I find those still working in the operation often have no hope.  They know their jobs are in jeopardy and they see no path to recovery.  The leader needs to help them find new opportunities that can shape a brighter future.  What is truly amazing is that those left in the organization invariably know what needs to be done.   The successful leader needs only to mine the workforce for ideas that they believe will improve their company or operation, distill these thoughts into a vision for the future, and empower those most affected to take the actions needed to achieve their vision.

ARE YOU TOO FOCUSED ON SEEING THE NUMBERS TURN FROM RED TO BLACK?

In times of trouble, the leader needs to look for the good, to inspire and motivate the team. 

Nothing tests a leader more than the realities of a bad business environment.  Too often our focus migrates to totally internal.  Cost cutting is often necessary, but over-aggressive actions often lead to significant failures … the loss of capability, the loss of future sales, and the loss of key personnel.  An alternative approach is to shift the focus from internal cost cutting to external business development.  The successful leader often shifts the focus to customers, which helps to motivate the team into rebuilding their company.

ARE YOU WILLING TO LOOK FOR THE GOOD DURING TIMES OF TROUBLE?

Every leader faces challenges in business. 

Maintaining a positive attitude, engaging your workforce, and truly focusing on your people are marks of those who succeed during times of challenge.  We at Expressworks have been helping leaders at all levels through business challenges for over 30 years.

By | 2017-05-23T10:49:07+00:00 May 3rd, 2016|Change Leadership Capability|0 Comments

About the Author:

Michael Labit
Mike Labit helps others solve problems and lead organizational change. Working in both commercial and government sectors, his Mini-Mentoring Workshops™ use real world projects as experiential learning experiences. He helps teams with organizational needs while coaching and mentoring the people involved. He has helped lead numerous successful turnarounds of organizations and implementation of projects and strategic initiatives. He can be reached at mikelabit@expressworksfederal.com.