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Creating a Positive Team Culture
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Creating a Positive Team Culture

By now you have probably heard that people with positive dispositions tend to live healthier and happier lives. But did you know that teams and organizations with positive leaders also tend to be more successful? This is because people who are involved with positive teams are more likely to “buy into” the team concept, and this translates into a more committed employee who works harder and cares more for the quality of their performance. But creating this type of environment is harder than it sounds. The positive leader needs to be very intentional in their strategies and the execution of these strategies. Creating a strong and positive culture is the first strategy leaders must focus on in order to create a positive team. Organizational culture is a pattern of shared assumptions that help guide the behaviors in an organization (Schroeder, 2010). These assumptions can’t just change at the whim of the leader. Rather, a team or organization that is struggling must be committed to change. This is called unfreezing of the culture. This is quite often seen with the firing of a coach after an unsuccessful tenure. The goal, at this point, is to hire a quality coach who can change the culture of the sports program. The actual culture is changed through cognitive restructuring. This is where the new leader implements a vision and then paints a bright future for the organization, which includes implementing values that support this vision. The leader uses a variety of strategies and tactics to solidify this vision and..

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The Power of Positivity
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The Power of Positivity

A big beautiful smile greets you as you enter a local business. The employees are up beat and very customer-service oriented. They want to make sure that you have a good experience while shopping at their store. Good business? You bet! Chances are you’ll come back. However, the reason for having a positive outlook on life is so much greater than just wanting to increase sales or win more games. As a coach, business leader, or just an ordinary person, being positive pays big dividends. The research is clear; optimism has a positive effect on your health, your work, and even your life. Whether we recognize it or not, negative experiences have a greater impact on us than positive interactions. Researchers have found that negativity is more than twice as powerful as positivity, and in order to be in a positive state, you need at least three positive experiences for every negative interaction. But being too positive can also be detrimental. These same researchers estimate that a positive to negative ratio of 13:1 or greater indicates that you aren’t taking problems and issues as seriously as you should. In other words, at this level of positivity, you are just sticking your head in the sand. Being positive and optimistic means attacking problems, and negative interactions, with a positive mindset. And the benefits that are derived from this positive mindset are powerful. Below are some of the findings on positivity as it relates to your health, your work, and your life. Your Health - More and..

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