Be a positive influencer for a positive team culture

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All of us are more influential than we think we are. In whatever we say or do, it leaves an impact on the people around us and the environment we live in, may it be in a positive or negative way.

When it comes to “wind of negativity”, would you choose to be a “fan” or an “air purifier”? Are you aware that you have a choice to be an “air purifier” or a “fan” ? An air purifier filters out the polluted air and released out better quality air, while a fan just blows the same air back to the surrounding environment.

Why is it important to be a positive influencer at work?
If a positive team culture is what you want to be part of, you need to believe that it starts with YOU and if everybody thinks like you or influenced by you, the reality of having a positive team culture can be easily achieved.
Here are the 10 ways to be a positive influencer at work.


1) Start with a grateful attitude

As you can’t really have a bad day with a good attitude, start your day by being grateful and thankful for what you have and making an active decision to make it another good day. Express your thankful appreciation to anyone you meet who does anything nice or kind to you or help you in anything at all.

2) Spread your positive energy
Bear in mind that any feelings and comments you expressed to others, it will somehow affect the listeners’ mood and way of thinking. If you were to spread something, why not spread your happiness and optimism. Happiness is contagious. Have you ever had a conversation with a happy and energetic person, did you feel that you become happier afterwards too?

3) A smiley face is better than a grumpy face
Smile to those around you and even yourself too. When you are stressed, try smiling and you will immediately feel better about any challenges that you are facing. Being in a grumpy mood and carrying a grumpy face doesn’t solve problems and it won’t make anyone you meet feel any happier. People with positive attributes carry a positive charisma that lead them to have more positive relationships in their personal and work life.

4) Practice good manners
Always say “Please…”, and “Thank You”. Good manners are a key to better relationship, and this should not only be practiced at the workplace, it should apply to wherever you go.

5) Be kind to everyone
Hold the belief that deep down everyone is kind and if you are kind to everyone around you, you will be able to experience the kinder side of other people too. Kindness usually works like a magnet and that explains why kind people have more friends.

6) Be a “positive politician” or not at all
To have a positive team, everyone should focus their energy on solving any problems together and avoid creating office politics and gossiping. Complaining about the problems around the office or criticising coworkers’ flaws will not solve any problems. The intended purpose of the communication determines whether a negative comment is a constructive feedback or simply words of political criticism. If the intention is to address the issues to solve the problem together then it is a constructive feedback but if it is just about venting out on the negative emotion behind someone’s back, then it is office politics / gossiping.
If you can’t beat them, then join them as a “Positive Politician” by saying positive things from a more understanding perspective of the situation or the person being mentioned, and lead them back to a more meaningful objective by asking “How can we solve this issue together?”.

7) Always do your best
People will respect and appreciate you if they can feel that you are doing your best for everyone. The only way to be happy at work is to love what you do. The only way to love what you do is to do your best. When you do your best, you will be able to do a great job. When you are able to do a great job, you will love what you do as it gives you a high sense of job satisfaction and accomplishment and when you love what you do, you will be happy at work.

8) Be honest and diplomatic
Most of the problems occur when people do not communicate with each other enough and what worse is when they actually do have an unspoken expectation on each other. Open and honest communication is the key to any healthy relationship. Being honest is good but being diplomatic could be even better but make sure you are truthful and clear about the message you want to get it across and be sensitive on how you deliver it. You are responsible to how the other party will feel, especially when handling negative or sensitive matters, be mindful about your word choice.

9) Be considerate and thoughtful
Most of the times, what we give out is what we get. Be considerate and thoughtful in anything we do, the do’s and don’ts list that we want or don’t want others to do, we should be practicing the same thing too.

10) Be respectful
Everyone deserves respect as a person, regardless of their age, occupation, position, seniority, nationality, and race. If you talk to an office cleaner, a junior colleague, a subordinate with no respect, you won’t get any respect from them too. Respect is something you earn by giving it away.

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Happiness is the in the mind of the beholder.
A positive mind will lead you to a positive life.

Author: Natalie Guo
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Bringing out the BEST in YOU 

We always love to upgrade our tech gadgets to enjoy the best version available, but what about ourselves? Do we always continuously upgrade ourselves to be the best version we possibly can be?

All of us were born with the ability to learn things and potential to succeed in life but not all of us are making full use of it.

Many of us are better at being a critic of things around us. We seem to have a lot of ideas on how our colleagues or supervisors at work should treat the team members better for a more collaborative teamwork and how service crews at a restaurant should have more of service mindset for our better service experience as a customer.

Do we think about the ideas on how to improve ourselves often enough as we do towards others?

In any organisation, people admire, respect and value team members who can make a difference with their innovative ideas, contribution, performance and even just their positive presence. While some people with self-limiting belief are not ambitious nor motivated enough to think they can be one of these “star performers” too.

In fact, being a high performer has nothing to do with competing with others and you do not need to have years of experience or know everything before attempting to be one, instead, it is all about continuously challenging yourself to become the best version of yourself. When you can truly believe in “your product”, the world will believe in it too.

Here are some self-development tips and quotes to bring out the best in YOU;

# Aim high and get there!
Set high-expectation for yourself and work your way toward it.
Don’t settle for being a mediocre. You have a lot more potential than that.

Make the best out of any given situation and create the opportunities that lead you to your ultimate goals in life.

The quality of your goals determine how well you deliver the results.

# Take everything as a learning opportunity.

Learn everything that comes in your way. You can be a little more selective later on when you have tried enough to know where your strengths and weaknesses are.

If you believe everything has something to learn from, you will be more willing to learn new things and step up to face new challenges in life.

# Do your best in everything you do

If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way.

It’s the little things that make a big difference.

Do your best until you know a better way to do it, then do it better.

Think of “improvement” in everything you do.

To improve is too change, to be perfect is to change often.

Practice makes perfect.

# Step out of your comfort zone.

If you only do what you can do, you will never be more than who you are now.

“I can’t do that because… “, “I am not good at this” and ” It has always been done this way.” should be rare phrases in your dictionary.

Your desire for success must be greater than fear of failure.

# Take initiative.
Ask yourself, would you rather work with an automatic machine or a manual machine? The same idea goes to people. We all do enjoy working with people who are “automatic”. If you always need to be told what to do, you are a “manual machine” and it is time for your product revolution.

# Be resourceful
Find out things you do not know or unsure of. Never say “I don’t know how to…”, instead say, “I don’t know yet but I will find out.” My simplest advice is Google.

When you ask the right questions, you will get more of the right answers.

Expand your network and tab on other people’s expertise and knowledge in the area you are not yet familiar with.

Be an attentive listener, observant and learn from other people’s experience. You don’t need to experience everything yourself, other people’s success and failure stories both have something to learn from.

# Help others to succeed

As one teaches, two learn.

Author: Natalie Guo
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