Down with Debby Downer!

10 07 2014

“It is hardly possible to build anything if frustration, bitterness and a mood of helplessness prevail.” ~Lech Walesa

This sums up why I’m so hard on Debbie Downer, and invite her to work elsewhere.  Our company, as well as many others out there, have a goal of building something new and wonderful.  Every time we bump up against an unhealthy “It’ll never work” whine, it slows us down, because we need to explain why it will. 

That’s not to say that healthy criticism isn’t welcomed.  In fact, it’s needed.  I often start out my push-back with “I agree with you, but want to play devil’s advocate on this one”.  Challenging an idea, or trying to better understand it is worlds apart from Debbie’s attitude.  Be sure you understand the difference, and when pushing back, ensure that the person you’re doing so understands your helpful intent. 

Speaking of Moods…

(Because WordPress’ new interface still bites, and won’t allow me to insert the comic, it can be found at…

http://www.gocomics.com/rubes/#.U76z1JRdXy5

Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com

 

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