Thursday, October 24, 2013

The U in Attitude

"Your attitude in the workplace can be one of the most - if not the most - telling aspect of how others in the company look at you and feel about you as a coworker." -Carl Mueller

Attitude is the one thing that you truly have to take full responsibility for. Many times people will find a way to blame things on others. They will attempt to deflect and find other causes for their behavior. Sometimes it might be legitimate such as someone accidentally spilling water on your new slacks. Or maybe it is another that ran a stop light and ran into your car.

But how we react to each and every situation is a product of our own attitude. The way in which you conduct yourself reflects quite a bit about who you are as a person. Does it mean you will never get upset or angry? Of course not, but you can effect how the situation unfolds. As Carl Mueller states, not only in the workplace, but in the 'every' place, how people react to you is a reflection of your attitude.

Take the 'spilled water' scenario, which can be an accident, clumsiness or some other reason out of our control. If you react with an angry and accusatory demeanor, the other person will stiffen up and the situation can spiral needlessly out of control. You end up feeling worse, the other person likely feels bad already about what happened. All over a simple case of 'spilled water'.

What about the car accident scenario? First the hope is that everyone is okay but then a rush of feelings will emerge. I have seen examples in which actual fights broke out. An already bad and nerve busting situation is now escalating to an even worse situation. Cooler heads that prevail will make the situation easier to get through.

In the workplace, it can certainly effect the environment and even your ability to advance. The attitude you project says so much about you and how people will to react to and around you.

It is a simple concept to understand; people like nice people, people dislike cranky people.

There is so much more that can be said or described about attitude. There are many that can write or say it more eloquently than I can. Yet my way of looking at attitude is that there is a you in attitUde. And it is something that 'YOU' can change.

Stay inspired my friends!

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