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Thursday, January 27, 2011

If Attitudes Are Contagious, Is Yours Worth Catching?

Written by  Duane Bailey

I can still remember the poster I saw last year on the wall of the gym, alongside the basketball court. It featured a quote by Dennis and Wendy Mannering that read, “Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?”

I thought of this the other evening when I was meeting with some colleagues about a new service project we were about to undertake. The room was full of energy and almost everyone had an opinion or idea to share. All except one. She sat expressionless throughout the entire meeting, barely uttering a word and doodling in her notebook. When the group’s facilitator asked what she thought, she said she really didn’t have an opinion. Her attitude and body language betrayed her disinterest in the project.

Certainly one of the lessons we take away from team sports is the importance of a positive attitude, even when the task at hand may seem difficult or things may not be going our way. In the business world, the people who are successful are the ones whose attitudes have a positive impact on the lives of those with whom they interact. They love what they do and their enthusiasm is contagious.   

As Winston Churchill once said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

Duane Bailey

Duane Bailey

Duane Bailey is a regular contributor to The Chief Storyteller® online conversation. He has helped organizations of all sizes drive growth in revenues and market share through the development and delivery of key business messages that resonate with target audiences. He holds an MBA in International Business and a BS in Marketing. He brings 28 years of experience in marketing communications and high technology sales.

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