Responding Positively

I had the opportunity to read the research for “employability” by Kent University, Canterbury, England.  It was a fascinating read and eye-opening because it mentioned nothing regarding test scores, GPA’s or course study.  What the researchers found is that employers look for certain characteristics and personality skills rather than transcripts.  There were ten items mentioned in the dissertation but number nine was especially impressive to me.   

It is important in any work environment to be surrounded with positive people. No end-of-the-year evaluation will contribute a negative attitude as one of your strengths.  The difference most evident in people is their attitude. We are labeled very quickly if we are “positive” or “negative” people.  The amazing thing about having a positive attitude is that it can make problems seem so much more practical.  Basketball coach legend, John Wooden was known for his positive attitude and the well-spring of wisdom that attitude brought forth.  He said, “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” 

Individuals that are given a task, conflict or problem are able to look at it expecting the most favorable outcome.  Expecting the most favorable outcome motivates you to respond in a manner that WILL bring about a favorable outcome. A positive disposition drives our actions.  As we navigate through the steps of problem-solving, approaching each stage positively will ultimately result in a satisfying conclusion.  Saint Augustine figured it out that “faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” 

Starting out positive will move you through the process of problem-solving in such a way that you will seek the best solution. Sounds like the kind of people I would love to work with!