Jump on the optimism A-train!

19 03 2015

“A healthy attitude is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others.  Be a carrier.” ~Tom Stoppard

Colin Powell said that “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier”, and spent his career building a team that supported each other and had a spirit of generosity when wondering about the motives of others.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few people who were on General Powell’s team, and they all backed up the things that the General wrote in his book about treating others with respect, and having a positive outlook when dealing with challenges.

All day long, I’ll take an employee who is willing to catch a healthy attitude, but I’d prefer one who is the carrier.  Getting enough carriers on a team negates the bad work that can be done by one Debbie Downer.  Because Debbie loves nothing more than to gripe about something, and have others jump on her bandwagon.  When she is met by people who roll their eyes at her, and otherwise rebuke her attempts at bringing everyone down, then she’ll be quiet (at worst), and might just catch the bug, and get pulling in the same direction with everyone else.  Once Debbie Downer turns that frown upside down, not even Billy Bummer can resist jumping on the A-train!

Speaking of catch…


Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com




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