Attitude – The Ripple Effect in an organization!
Attitude at work place acts as a ripple effect in an organization. You might think, Business is Business, no emotions should be tied to it, it’s all mind and no heart should be involved. But we are all human begins. From working pattern to thinking and communicating with the team, everything requires emotions. Not all realise that! If your colleague is feeling low and not in mood, it kind of affects you and your mindset for that day at work. We are all connected with cosmic radiation. It is for this reason, you feel low when your colleague feels low and eventually work environment is not as peppy and productive as it should be. Having attitude is so important; having RIGHT attitude is even more important. Emotions and Attitude are connected. If there is right emotions towards work, right attitude is exhibited. Like how emotions can be positive and negative, Attitude can also be positive and negative.
What is good/positive attitude? How to bring the positive attitude in the company and in your team? Now, this requires effort.
Effort to work on oneself. Effort to work with others and not work ‘on’ others (unless you are a certified person to coach or come with rich experience in dealing to work ‘on’ others)
So far, the leaders who I have worked with have always said the same thing, “oh! As important as it is for a person to bring revenue to the organization, it is not as important as a good or positive attitude with his/her co-workers and the mindset he/she carries his job.
A Good Attitude can be molded beautifully with right effort and positive energy: This can be achieved by:
Listening to people attentively:
A Lot of times, when people have conversation, the one who is listening is always thinking what to respond or how to react. This is not active listening. Active listening involves, questions, para phrasing what they said, clarifying what you understood by explaining them clearly. It is said that, if you have not understood things properly, you cannot explain properly. So make an effort to listen and understand.
Not judging anybody:
Every coin as two sides, similarly every situation has two stories, one story – of a story teller and one story – of a perceiver. So keep an open mind and see each and every individual as a unique person without judging anyone.
Trusting yourself and your team:
If you think you are working right, if you think you are putting value to the team, you do not have be insecure about anything. You have to trust yourself. And you HAVE TO make an effort to trust your team as well.
Understanding that we (the team) is working towards same goal
Once there is trust built, inevitably, you will start understanding we ( the team) is working on the same shared goal.
Always measuring the people with qualities they possess and not how much they earn and what position they hold – in other words, respecting everybody.
When we were young, most of our parents would have taught us to be kind, to be strong. As we start to grow, we forget begin kind. We only think of being strong, the word ‘strong’ is used differently by putting someone down, competing with each other, being aggressive etc. Just to remind you, when your parents would have taught you to be strong, they would have meant to not be dis-heartened if you fail, if you feel lost. GET UP and FIGHT FOR YOURSELF. TRAIN IN SUCH A WAY THAT, you feel bad for a while if not so good things happen, then you move on and work on getting better. You might say ‘respect needs to be earned’. Yes!! Respect needs to be earned, but for you to respect someone only because he/ she is yet another human being like you does not harm you in any way ! Infact, it will make you feel good about yourself.
Not pointing mistakes of others (your colleagues) time and again, which also means, minding your business and your responsibilities.
Each one works in different way, different pace, and sometimes few things go unnoticed and there could be an error. Bringing that to the table in front of the team does not make you a leader, as being a constructive critic takes thought, effort and compassion. Be magnanimous and say, it’s Okie! If you have the chance to correct things of others, and it won’t take time, go ahead and change it. Once you do, go to that person and tell him that you changed it! Do not forget!! It’s the TEAM- WORK at the end of the day.
Valuing others work.
No job is small, No job is big. Each job has its value and respect. Respect one another’s responsibilities, job and positions.
Appreciating your colleagues.
Appreciating your colleagues if you notice them doing good job, reaching out to them and telling that you appreciate their work, will not only make them happy, but it will also show case your leadership skills.
Your Attitude can either make a team or break a team! Before you change attitude of others, keep introspecting yourself on “how I can change my attitude to get better”. When you change your attitude, you will see how the attitude of others towards you changes. That’s when you will know. It is working! And you will see results
Until next time!!