Over the next few weeks, we’ll offer some helpful suggestions for overcoming typical hurdles people face when managing their reputations in their organization and industry.
I do not demonstrate a positive attitude with my confidential “inner circle” (work friends with whom I can share anything).
- Read a book (e.g. Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking) or an article about building and illustrating a positive attitude. From your reading, identify two or three activities you can do to make progress in building a more positive attitude.
- Ask for feedback from one or more trusted colleagues on your attitude at work. Give your colleagues permission to be candid in the spirit of helping you become more effective.
- Observe your behavior during your next interaction with your “inner-circle.” Refrain from comments which could be perceived as negative.
- Create a goal to focus only on the positive when you are with your “inner-circle.” Watch for how much positive conversation is occurring and remember how easy it is to get “sucked-in” to negative conversations.