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How Your Decisions Impact Those Around You

Posted by admin on March 16th, 2008

The position you occupy – whether in a company, in a family, or in any other relationship – has a direct bearing on the decisions you make. If you work in your company’s marketing department, for example, you’re probably very excited about any legitimate method of getting your product and/or business in front of the people who are in a position to buy.

When you’re confronted with a choice that affects not only you but also other people, the process becomes more complicated. Before making any decision that involves more than one person, get input from all sides. One decision you should make right up front is to be open minded and empathetic to the other people’s needs and desires. That decision enables you to get along better with the other people, bring balance to the process, and maintain harmony, which is important for achieving maximum effectiveness.

When a decision impacts a number of people who are part of your team, remember that decisions are more likely to be implemented effectively and enthusiastically when everyone on the team feels like an important part of that team. When possible, include the others in the process. If involving them is either impossible or impractical, understand that their acceptance of your decision depends on your credibility. If you have a track record of using mature judgment and doing what’s right, your decision is more likely to be well received.

3 Ways To Turn Negative Situations Into Positive Ones

Posted by admin on March 16th, 2008

1. When you talk, listen to yourself for the “buts,” “could ofs” and “gonnas” in your own conversations and those of people around you. Zap those negatively charged words and phrases from your own vocabulary.

2. Create scenarios in which you may have reacted negatively in the past and envision yourself responding in the future with a positive charge. For example: Your boss hands back a report saying it is unsatisfactory and telling you to redo it. In the past you might have made excuses and blamed co-workers or conditions. Now you respond by thanking the boss for the opportunity to improve it.

3. Consider a problem or difficult situation in your life. Is it something that you can change? Or is it something you have no control of? Positively charged people learn to attack those problems that they can change and to live with those that they cannot – thereby robbing the problem of its power over them. If you cannot change the problem, change the way you view it. Example: “My employer is going to lay me off for three weeks.” Positive response: “I can spend the time seriously looking for a better, more secure job.”