Over the years, I have worked with all types of people in corporate, agency, community and non-profit environments. I worked with developers, designers, copywriters, engineers, salespeople, accountants, financial analysts, and the list goes on and on. And, although I’ve hit a few bumps along the way (haven’t we all?), I’ve had very good success in working well with my peers, superiors, vendors and direct reports.
So, what’s my secret sauce? It’s pretty simple: a positive attitude. Something my parents impressed on me at an early age was there is a certain power that lies in positivity. What’s even better? If you have a positive attitude, you give off positive energy - and that energy is contagious. Below are just a few tips on how you can begin positively influencing those around you.
If people feel valued and appreciated, they are much more likely to place a high level of value on their contribution to the organization. Saying a simple “thank you” should not be an afterthought. Let your co-workers, managers and team members know how much you appreciate all that they do for you and your organization. And mean it.
Give the benefit of the doubt.
In most instances, people want to do a good job. Whether you work for a corporation or volunteer on a board of directors, those who chose to work alongside you want to help make a positive impact. Still, inevitably, people will make mistakes. But it’s what you do, and how you respond when mistakes are made that has the biggest impact. Use these bumps in the road to shed light on areas for improvement and as the inspiration to make positive change. Then, move forward as a team.
People feed off the emotions of those around them - so be thoughtful in what you are putting out there. If you want others to get on board with an idea or project you are working on, don’t be shy in sharing your enthusiasm. Positive energy and excitement can be contagious. Get pumped up and “pump up” those around you!
It’s important that those around you know that they not only have a voice, but that their voice will be heard. Create an environment where people feel secure enough to share their opinions - both good and bad - and follow-through on your commitments to address those ideas and opinions.
Just because you’re at work, doesn’t mean that you have to turn off your ability to have fun. By not taking yourself too seriously, you allow others a glimpse into who you are on a personal level. You also become very approachable when others need help or need to talk through different, sometimes challenging, scenarios. A little bit of silliness helps to make others feel comfortable to let their guard down, and when this happens, conversations are more fruitful because there’s a much greater chance for honest and open dialogue.
Remember, every day as you prepare for work or meetings, you have the ability to choose how others will see you and how you will present yourself. By making the choice to be positive - to be happy, optimistic and pleasant - you have the power to impact others along the way.
I’ll close with this quote from Hellen Keller: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
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About the Author:
Megan is the owner/principal at Finnern Consulting where she provides contract project management and marketing services to growing businesses including Quality Business Solutions, Inc. and BRIGHT+CO. An active Pulse member since 2011, Megan has served on the Marketing Committee since 2013, was the 2014 Marketing Chair and is the current 2016 Vice Chair.
Outside of Pulse, Megan is a member of Rebuild Upstate's Advisory Council and the Fall for Greenville Board of Directors - serving as the Marketing Committee Chair for both organizations. She sits on the American Red Cross of Upstate Board of Directors, volunteers for Meals on Wheels of Greenville and is an active member of the Greenville Chamber. When she's not working or volunteering, Megan enjoys cooking, fitness, getting outdoors and spending time with friends and family.