Now I don’t want to be all Pollyanna on you, but hear me out.
I’m in Miami and the fresh salt air and sunshine may be responsible for the extra bounce in my step.
The concept of spreading positivity in the workplace – and the importance of why – has been on my mind quite consistently.
I had the chance to meet up for a coffee with one of my favourite writers and thinkers (and friend), Achim Nowak, this morning. We spent our time catching up. He is doing well and is receiving well deserved commendations on his latest book The Moment.
We spoke about leadership and engagement (my two favourite topics) and to truly change workplace culture and performance, we have to start with ourselves.
Simple yet profound.
Think about it.
We are responsible for modelling the behaviours we want others to emulate.
It’s easy to pull together a PowerPoint deck or mission statement, detailing what we want others to strive towards. To achieve.
People need guidance, though.
See it to believe it type of thing.
“Enjoy your work and share the contagious spirit”, Harvard Business Review (HBR) January/February 2016.
Sometimes we become overworked, tired, irritable. Dangerous for our relationships, however.
Stay conscious of how you show up.
How you speak.
How you reason.
For culture is “shaped by how all employees comport themselves day in and day out.” HBR January/February 2016.
Building strategies and plans to enhance culture and performance are essential and required.
The first step before the pencil hits the paper is to look at ourselves and ask: what can I personally do to make others feel good and be inspired to voluntarily raise the bar?
Then say hi.
Then stay the person who drives performance and has some fun doing it.
And about those who might resist? Keep doing you.
For these people aren’t haters.
They just need the most love.