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Office politics

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Office politics

  1. 1. How to Stay POSI + IVE in a TOUGH Work Environment
  2. 2. The Environment YOU Beware the Bullets! Determinism Theory Negative World View Changing Environment Negative Work Environment Past Experiences Other People’s Behavior Ouch!
  3. 3. <ul><li>- Dog eat dog . . . everyone fighting to get ahead </li></ul><ul><li>- No one appreciates your contributions </li></ul><ul><li>- Too much work . . . not enough help </li></ul><ul><li>- Deadlines are unrealistic </li></ul><ul><li>- Longer hours . . . additional work </li></ul><ul><li>- Budget Constraints </li></ul><ul><li>- Competition is eating us alive </li></ul><ul><li>- Poor management / direction </li></ul><ul><li>- Job insecurity </li></ul>Negative Work Environment
  4. 4. Bulldozers Snipers Exploders Clams Patronizers Complainers Controllers Backstabbers Walking Wounded Negatives Gossips Brown Nosers Sluffers Whiners Other People’s Behavior
  5. 5. <ul><li>Challenges our paradigms </li></ul><ul><li>Alters the way we think </li></ul><ul><li>Makes life more difficult for a while </li></ul><ul><li>Causes Stress </li></ul><ul><li>Is an ongoing fact of life </li></ul>“ The only person who always likes change is a wet baby” CHANGE . . . Changing Environment
  6. 6. Past Experiences Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!
  7. 7. Media Frenzy A recent Statistic: Crime down 20% in America reporting up 600% , Look at what you are looking at !!! Negative World View
  8. 8. <ul><li>GENETIC : My Grandparents did it to me. (Inherited traits) </li></ul><ul><li>PSYCHIC : My Parents did it to me. (Upbringing) </li></ul><ul><li>ENVIRONMENTAL : My Spouse, my Boss, the Company, the Economy, etc.. is doing this to me. (Surroundings) </li></ul>Determinism Theory
  9. 9. <ul><li> “ Are some people just born positive thinkers </li></ul><ul><li>. . . or is it their CHOICE ?” </li></ul>Life’s Little Question
  10. 10. Choose the Right Luggage Dodge Bullets Be Bulletproof
  11. 11. The Problem With Dodging Bullets You’re going to get hit!
  12. 12. Choice #2 Wear Bulletproof Armor
  13. 13. Bulletproof Armor Comes from SELF CHANGE
  14. 14. Putting on the Armor Change 3 Things!
  15. 15. How to Change Your Attitude ATTITUDE ATTITUDE Changes happen personally from the INSIDE OUT!
  16. 16. <ul><li>I am responsible . . . </li></ul><ul><li>. . . for who I am </li></ul><ul><li>. . . for what I have </li></ul><ul><li>. . . for what I do </li></ul>So . . . Accept Responsibility ATTITUDE
  17. 17. Step #2 Take Control Negative world view YOU FROM THE INSIDE . . . OUT! Ownership Values Mission Discipline ATTITUDE
  18. 18. How to Change Your Thinking THINKING THINKING Changes come from observing logically in every situation
  19. 19. Observe Your Thinking THINKING It sucks to be him. I refuse to let this hook me! This is all very interesting What can I do to defuse this? Tomorrow it will look very different. I’d like to beat the …
  20. 20. Manage Your Self - Talk If you think you Can, or you think you Can’t… YOU’RE RIGHT ! Henry Ford THINKING This is going to be a wonderful day! This is going to be a crappy day!
  21. 21. How to Change Your Behavior BEHAVIOR BEHAVIOR Changes take true assessment, determination & discipline
  22. 22. Choose Your Behavior REACTIVE RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR Response My Response My Choice Stimulus Stimulus
  23. 23. Steps Toward Changing Behavior <ul><li>1. Unconscious Incompetence </li></ul>2. Conscience Incompetence 3. Conscience Competence 4. Unconscious Competence BEHAVIOR The New YOU!
  24. 24. Add POSI + IVE Behavior <ul><li>INFLUENCE YOUR ENVIRONMENT! </li></ul><ul><li>Sprinkle some “positive” on the negatives </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on the good of each day </li></ul><ul><li>Stay out of the “feeding frenzies” </li></ul><ul><li>Say “please” and “thank you” </li></ul><ul><li>Practice EMPATHY </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate YOUR behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Never miss an opportunity to complement </li></ul><ul><li>Spread a SMILE around </li></ul>Replace the BAD HABITS! BEHAVIOR
  25. 25. More POSI + IVE Contributions <ul><ul><li>1. Is it true? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. Is it harmful? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. Is it necessary? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Keep promises </li></ul><ul><li>Have a forgiving view of people </li></ul><ul><li>Keep an open mind with changes </li></ul><ul><li>Count to 1000 if necessary </li></ul><ul><li>See criticism as opportunity to improve </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate your sense of humor </li></ul><ul><li>Before you say anything to anyone, ask </li></ul><ul><li>yourself three things </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Watch your definitions - </li></ul><ul><li>they become thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>Watch your thoughts - </li></ul><ul><li>they become words </li></ul><ul><li>Watch your words - </li></ul><ul><li>they become actions </li></ul><ul><li>Watch your actions - </li></ul><ul><li>they become your destiny </li></ul>Remember to . . .
  27. 27. The Choice is YOURS With a Bad attitude you can never have a positive day With a Positive attitude you can never have a bad day
  28. 28. Choose POSI + IVE Living