Encouraging positive attitudes in the workplace
In a leadership role you can often feel the onus on you to build a positive work environment. While this is a core role of leaders the danger is that leaders solely take on this responsibility. What about the staff themselves? Shouldn't they take some responsibility themselves to bring positive attitudes to their work and interactions with others? The challenge, however, is how to do you encourage them to bring these positive attitudes.
We've recently stumbled across a couple of techniques, which we have used in our role of facilitators, that might also be useful to leaders generally.
The first is not so much a technique, but more of a question that can be posed to individuals or groups of people. Recently at a seminar on the science of intuition, the presenter Grant Soosalu (the developer of multiple Brain Integration Techniques) spoke about the role of the head, heart and gut in decision-making. Whilst this was a fascinating subject, the most powerful element of the seminar was a question that Grant posed to us in his closing comments that he uses everyday for himself:
What is the most compassionate, creative and courageous 'me' that I can be and do today? [you can see the link between head (creative), heart (compassion) and gut (courageous)]. Click here to read more...
The second technique is also a series of questions. This approach has been developed by Marshall Goldsmith and is outlined in the attached short video. In essence he challenges people to think about how they participate in meetings - if you knew you were going to be tested on these 4 questions at the end of a meeting, how might you want to behave:
Did I do my best to:
- Be happy?
- Find meaning?
- Build positive relationships?
- Be fully engaged?
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