Let's be honest we tend to deal with attitude only when it rears its ugly head. All too often managers and corporate America bring their employees into their office to give them that quick and swift attitude adjustment. You know, where we tell somebody to shape up or else and of course they magically do it right? That was a joke!
The challenge we have with attitudes is really quite frankly a simple one. We rarely invest in them, rather we spend most of our time correctly them! I want you to think about a mountain called Attitude Hill. I think of Attitude Hill as one where we want to get people to the top of the hill where attitudes are positive, upbeat, and ones that are strategic attributes that help people and organizations grow. But here's the challenge. Keeping people at the top of that hill and not sliding off the back end of it is a difficult one. Here are 5 strategies to help develop attitudes into strategic initiatives versus things you have to correct:
- Proactively invest in building positive attitudes by bringing people into your office and ONLY praising them!
- Spend 70% of your time recognizing the good things
- Use staff meetings to not only recognize staff members but to get them talking about one another positively
- Use nonverbal coaching to invest in people's mentalities by sending cards home or books of interest based on personal conversations.
- Pair up employees to learn one another and ask them to share two things their partner does very well. This gets people speaking about one another positively.
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