Leadership Tip

How get your team to think positively during uncertain times

With the political climate in the in the state it's in, encouraging your employees to think positively may make you look foolish and insensitive. Yet, focusing your employees on what they can do rather than what they cannot do will lead to better attitudes and results. Here are three ways to promote positivity in your people:

  • Treat employees as contributors, not costs. Emphasise each employee's role in contributing to the business. The minute you start talking about people as costs, negativity will take over.
     
  • Never sugarcoat reality. Don't hold back information. Talk frankly with employees about the economic realities your organisation is facing, while you also explain what they can do to help.
     
  • Challenge your people. Uncertainty provides time to reflect on and re-think your strategy. Ask your people to come up with ideas for improving processes, systems, and products.

The above leadership tip...
was sent in response to a question from a participant on our 10/10 leadership development and mentoring programme and adapted from Put Positivism to Work by John Baldoni. Whether you're a first time manager or an experienced leader, straightforward, practical advice on best practice is hard to find. Until now. To find out how you, your team or your organisation can benefit, please join us on our next complimentary webinar or contact us.

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