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Attitude Check: How to Refine and Refocus at Work

Posted by Kathy Collins

January 11, 2016

It's a fact that people want to be around others who have a positive attitude.  A good friend recently told me their philosophy that there are two different kinds of employees in the workplace--those who point out problems and those who solve problems.  Being a problem solver also requires a good deal of diplomacy and a positive attitude.  Employees with positive outlooks tend to be more productive due to the fact that they always see opportunity within every challenge presented.  They do not waste time worrying, they put put their energies into more productive activities.  There are many benefits to having a positive work attitude, and many ways to help yourself cultivate a positive work attitude.

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Topics: Career Development, Adaptive Leadership, gratitude

21-Day Challenge Toward Gratitude

Posted by Kathy Collins

November 26, 2014

The simple act of practicing gratitude has one of the highest ROI’s of any singular action that we take on a regular basis as a sales coach and leader. It costs not a penny; and in turn, results include a higher level of energy, loyalty and employee satisfaction. It is an interesting coincidence that research shows it takes 21 days to begin a new habit…and there are exactly 21 business days between today and December 25th.  It is a perfect time to give your teams the simple gift of gratitude.

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Topics: gratitude

‘Tis the Season for Gratitude

Posted by Kerstin Olson

December 18, 2012

As I sat down to write my blog for this week, there were two events that I couldn’t get out of my head.  On one end of the spectrum, there was the upcoming holiday – my absolute favorite time of year because we get to celebrate with friends and family.  And on the other end of the spectrum, there was the tragedy that happened at the Sandy Hook Elementary School – an unspeakable act that tore so many friends and families apart.  As I thought about the contrast between these most joyous and most horrific events, one thought kept coming back me – I should be very, very grateful.  Grateful that I could hug my two sons this weekend.  Grateful that my loved ones are safe.  Grateful that I will get to spend time with my friends and family very soon.  It’s times of complete joy or profound sadness that remind us how precious life really is and how truly blessed we are.  Yes, there are challenges we face, but when you take a moment, you realize there are many things to be thankful for. 

If you attended our October summit in Colorado Springs, you had a chance to listen to an amazing speaker, Scott Hunter.  Scott shared many important insights and messages with us, but the one that has stuck with me the most is the importance of intentionally focusing on what is right with our lives.  Scott talked with us about the inner voice inside all of us that tends to fill us with worrisome and negative thoughts about things we haven’t done yet or haven’t done well enough.  It’s something I know I struggle with, especially when I lay in bed at night waiting for sleep to come.  But Scott also taught us an effective way to quiet that inner voice – by focusing on what we are grateful for.  He had us take a few minutes to create a “gratitude list” of everything that we loved about our life.  My gratitude list included the most important things in my life (my husband and our sons), meaningful things (my work and the opportunity to learn), silly things (the way my dog greets me), and even material things (call me shallow, but I love my iPad).   It was probably the most enjoyable list I’ve ever made in my life.

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Topics: Sales Coaching Summit, gratitude, Scott Hunter

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