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What’s Your Positive-to-Negative Ratio?

Positive Leadership and Productivity

Start the Day PositiveI’m working from my home office and I start my day about 15 minutes behind schedule . . . Not a big deal but I am already feeling a bit tense as I start making my notes for a conference call with a colleague. My 4-year-old daughter strolls out of her bedroom in her pajamas, spots me on my way to my office and says “Good morning Daddy. I’m happy to see you.” Immediately my day brightens.

Ten minutes later, when I hop on the phone with my colleague, I still have that positive energy. I could have begun our conversation by launching right into our time sensitive opportunity and the fact that I haven’t been able to reach him, instead I start by saying “How are you and how was your trip?’ That approach – which was so easy to do – helped to ensure that we had a positive, productive session.

In the words of my 7-year-old son and my wife (who happens to teach kindergarten), I chose to be a “bucket filler” instead of a “bucket dipper.” The Gallup Business Journal published an article that hasn’t lost it’s relevance – it’s about “bucket filling for adults” – the positive-to-negative ratio and the impact that leaders can have on the productivity of all their employees just by making the choice to foster a positive work environment. The little things do count. Read The Impact of Positive Leadership by Tom Rath, Coauthor of How Full Is Your Bucket? to learn more about increasing productivity in a positive way.

What are YOU doing to fill buckets around you?

1 Response

  1. Shirley

    So True! Thanks for reminding us. We choose whether we want to positive or negative and I am one of those “half glass full” people; the one who looks for a silver lining in any bad event. There is truth to statements such as, “you get more bees with honey than vinegar” and “you reap what you sow”, so a positive outlook will tend to bring positve outcomes; whereas a negative approach can only bring a negative response. Not to mention, when you spend a few moments to be interested in someone else; they tend be reciprocate the behaviour. Have a great day and smile, it can change your mood or outlook.

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