Be Positive: A Guide for Managers (Better Management Skills) by Phil Clements

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Understanding what drives us will help us to understand and inform the attitudes we adopt. It is important that you as a manager have a good understanding of your own motivation, through understanding your own needs, drives and incentives. It will help you to understand why you are more or less positive towards some things than others. You may like to try the next set of questions, but as the answers will be quite personal, it might be a good idea to write them on a separate sheet of paper so that you can throw it away afterwards.

Being positive is not the same as not being negative Before we leave this chapter it’s worth noting that part of the art of being positive in your management skill is to recognise that being positive is not the same as simply not being negative. This is based on the principle that peace is not just the absence of war – it is something much more substantial than that. The fact is that being positive sometimes costs. This is particularly so in your role as manager when there will be times when you feel far from positive, but that feeling will be far from the way those you manage are feeling.

Provide resources – develop a learning environment If you are taking your responsibility for developing people seriously, you will need to provide the resources they require to the science of being positive 31 take part in the process. Just knowing the direction in which to point them will work wonders. Here are some ideas about providing resources: Give the person time to learn new skills. Offer alternative training solutions such as distance learning, open learning, multimedia training, videos, self-instructional books.

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