The longer I live, the more I realize the tremendous impact of attitude in a work environment. For years, as a means of emphasizing this, I have been using the following little formula with my teams. I’m not sure where this came from originally, but my thanks – many times over – to its author.
Food For Thought…
We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to produce over 100%. Here’s a little math that might prove helpful in the future.
What makes life 100%?
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K (8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11) = ONLY 98%
K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E (11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5) = ONLY 96%.
A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E (1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5) = 100%.
It stands to reason that HARD WORK and KNOWLEDGE will get you close, but ATTITUDE will get you to the top.
Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say, or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.
It will make or break an organization, a child care center, a home.
The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace – just for that day!
We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we CAN do is play the one card we have – and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. So, I offer the following challenge to you:
- Join me in working on our collective attitude – wherever you find yourself, in whatever work situation, in whatever position you hold. It begins with one! And, it is contagious.
- Be the pebble in the water – and watch the ripples form and spread. Make the shift from negative, complaining, and gossiping, to positive, acknowledging the good, and passing on encouragement, praise, and congratulations. There is so much more going right than going wrong!! And sometimes, as directors, we forget this!
In the next several posts, I will share thoughts, strategies, and sanity-saving tips to keep you calm, poised, balanced (and helpful) when “situations” arise. For, arise they will. It is a given.
We’ll talk about communicating effectively, being a good listener, the poisonous snake called gossip, the characteristics of the best teachers, difficult people, mediating staff conflict, and the progressive discipline model when things just aren’t going well.
So, stay tuned…