Mission For Today: Share Something Positive

November 11, 2013

Career, Leadership

Futurama's Dr. Farnsworth with "Good News, Everyone!" on chalkboard

Mission for today: find one positive thing happening at work and tell people, including your manager, about it.

Ever notice how fast bad news travels around the office? What gets shared first: problems or successes? Particularly on difficult projects, most conversations about work tend to be focussed on the problems being solved rather than successes or things that are just working well. Constant problem-focussed conversations can bring down morale and increase stress over time. We need to balance things out with good news!

This mission is the original mission I gave a team member and started this series of posts. Almost a year later, he still tries to tell me one positive thing about work each day. Sometimes, it’s a small victory. Sometimes, it’s just to let me know something the team does day-to-day is working. 

Today, find something positive that is happening in the office and share it with your colleagues and manager. It will make their day a little brighter. Make it a habit and it will influence others around you to do the same thing, boosting morale for the whole team.

When you have completed your mission, please share the results in the comments. Did you make someone’s day? Did someone share something positive with you? How did you feel?

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About Liza Wood

After a dozen years leading video game development projects in a variety of roles, I decided to pursue a Master of Data Science at the University of British Columbia. Studying data science doesn’t mean I’m moving away from leading people. Growing data science teams need collaborative, pragmatic, Agile leadership to connect data to all areas of the business. I would like to share that point of view, along with my experiences, on this blog.

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