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    We Should Train & Coach Attitudes, NOT Merely Correct Them

    July 31, 2014 Posted by : Tim Hagen
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    Currently, I'm in the midst of doing some research for a white paper using a survey I'm in the midst of completing. The question "What are the top 2 attributes you believe make an employee perform at their optimal level" has produced some interesting results. So far, the number one attribute for an employee is attitude. Roughly 65% of my survey respondents have stated attitude is the number one attribute an employee needs to operate at their highest level. This result is really got me thinking about one major element. We tend to correct people's attitudes when they are negative versus really train and coach specifically on attitude development. What an incredible opportunity. If you are a manager, trainer, or coach what if every employee possessed a positive and open attitude with incredible eagerness to learn? How often do we hear managers correcting people's attitudes?The challenge is we owe it to employees to educate them and certainly make them aware of strategies to possess an energetic and positive attitude. An employee with a positive attitude will be more eager to learn and apply what's learned to their specific jobs.


    What are your thoughts?

     Here's a link to the survey if you have not already filled it out (We will be providing everyone who participates in the survey with a copy of the set of results along with the white paper):  


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    About Author

    Tim Hagen
    Tim Hagen

    Tim Hagen founded Progress Coaching, a Training Reinforcement Partner Company, in 1997. His entrepreneurial career began in college leading to positions in sales, sales management, and sales training for small and large corporations, and eventually ownership of several training companies. Tim is often a keynote speaker at companies teaching the value of coaching and conversations in the workplace. He possesses a unique combination of hands-on experience, academics, and innovative insight to solve the industry’s most common challenges specific to workplace performance. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in Adult Education and Training from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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