Lift Becoming a Positive Force in Any Situation


Becoming a Positive Force in Any Situation

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It is often said that insanity is defined as doing the same things, and expecting different results. If the same old, same old isn’t working for you, then this book may inspire you. Whether it’s about creative thinking, self-marketing, positive inspiration or team leadership, Ryan W. Quinn and Robert E. Quinn have new perspectives to help you see differently, do differently, and perhaps get those results you are seeking. Building on the field of positive organizational scholarship (the founders of which are acknowledged in the book’s dedication), the authors have crafted a superb tool for anyone who wishes to have a more positive impact in the workplace. They paint a compelling picture for becoming a positive force in any situation — how it never helps to complain, whine and tear down others. Now, this is not to say that you should be a rose-coloured-glasses Pollyanna who only sees the silver lining — that’s annoying to some and not always helpful either. But it is possible to always be constructive, and to keep things moving forward in a positive direction rather than ruminating on how horrible work life just became. Using a model which is essentially a 2×2 matrix, using the elements of flexibility vs. stability, and internal versus external focus, we can see how organizational effectiveness can be created in different situations. This helps you to determine how to “lift” yourself and others. Rooted in the science of flight and positive psychology, this under-rated book does a decent job of encouraging employees and leaders to create a better workplace for themselves and everyone around them.

Lisa Sansom