By Thomas Orths
Positive and negative energy in the workplace is contagious. It’s time for us to wake up! Look in the mirror and ask ourselves: “what am I contributing to my personal and professional life?”. You may have the experience, knowledge, skills and a history of success; however, how you contribute to your professional environment is as important as what you contribute. The energy with which we approach meetings, new projects or new jobs, employees, bosses or customer can have an effect on the outcome, and we should be prepared to take responsibility for these consequences.
This can also work the other way around. Sometimes it is easy to see how the energy of those around you can affect you, but other times you may not even realize. The reality is that while we do have the power to choose how we exert our own energy, we might not always have the ability to prevent ourselves from encountering the negative energy of those around us.
As a part of a group in any organisation, whether you are at the level of a CEO or a Clerk, your energy can determine the success of a meeting, a workday or even your overall company. But, how do you protect not only those you are responsible for, but also your own performance, as well as your overall company, to ensure that you and others have the positive, working environment you deserve?
A Gallup study, based on interviews conducted with some 12 million workers at 7,000 companies over 25 years, found that an employee’s relationship with a manager/supervisor largely determines the length of their stay at the company.
- A Saratoga Institute study, based on interviews with 20,000 employees who had recently left a job, revealed that the main reason people quit was due to the behaviour of the manager.
- Corporate Leadership Council research found that a high-quality leader is the single most significant factor in attracting and retaining key talent.
Have you ever witnessed a super-charged person infuse an entire organisation with enthusiasm and excitement? Company success depends on a workforce of these highly motivated individuals who are excited about their work. Of course, no workforce operates in a vacuum. Employees also need a strong leader with a positive attitude and enthusiasm to spare. An organisation with these ingredients has the recipe for success.
The following characteristics stand out in high-energy people who bring out the best in others:
- Intense, eager and appreciative
- Highly communicative
- Focused on team results
- Attentive to the needs of individual contributors
- Firm in convictions with vision on how to lead people to excellence
- Good judgment of people and situations but not judgmental
- Positive; think and act like a WINNER
With over 10-years of experience in the consultancy arena and having met over 7,000 people across the globe, TTM associates has developed a Scenario-Based-Training (SBT) workshop that will give businesses an opportunity to learn about the most recent developments related to cultivating a PEAK-PERFORMANCE mind-set. Though this workshop, you will be able to develop your Peak-Performance mind-set by experiencing the three important traits of a Peak Performer, TTM’s way.
The first of these traits is AWARENESS, the foundation of all change.
Significant time, energy and money are invested into refining systems and processes, in an effort to produce more energy, more efficiently and more safely. This is a wise investment as order and clarity in processes is proven to create an optimal environment for both safety and productivity.
Leaders and organisations need a systematic approach to communication, that allows them to leverage the competence and commitment of their people.
TTM adopts the ORPI model to ensure operational excellence. The ORPI model includes measurable objectives and goals and well-defined roles, and lists which team members could fill what role. The ORPI model also clarifies the list of processes needed in order to achieve project sub-goals, as well as a plan for interpersonal interactions, that facilitate problem solving and goal achievement, such as communication, conflict handling, gaining mutual support and embracing team diversity.
The next trait is RENEWAL
The conscious, ongoing effort to rejuvenate and
regenerate oneself, a necessary factor in combating regular, potent stressors.
- Infuse the positive attitude
- Turn a challenge into an opportunity
- Take the first step-be a pioneer embrace change
- Recharge yourself, spot positivity EVERYWHERE
The final trait is BE DRIVEN
The key differentiator, that makes peak performers stand out from individuals who give in to life’s challenges. The peak performer formulates strategies and tactics for dealing with the demands of work and life. Be in charge of your OWN destiny!
- Determine your GOALs in relation to the organisation big picture
- Be your time-master
- Be restless
- Seek continuous feedback
- The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work, by Shawn Achor
- The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It, by Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
- Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals, by Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.
- Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success, by John C. Maxwell
- The Achievement Zone: An Eight-step Guide to Peak Performance, by Shane Murphy, Ph.D