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Friday, June 19, 2015

Lean Quote: Change It or Change Your Attitude

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

"If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.— - Maya Angelou

We are often not in control of the issues we face at work or home. Problems just present themselves. And chances are the issues you're facing aren't so cut and dry. The solution to the problem might just be your attitude. 

You can find at least two ways to look at virtually everything. A pessimist looks for difficulty in the opportunity, whereas an optimist looks for opportunity in the difficulty. Unfortunately, many people look only at the problem and not at the opportunity that lies within the problem.

Having the right attitude can make the difference between success and failure. A positive attitude can motivate other people to change their negative thinking and come over to your side. Everything is possible with right attitude behind you to push you forward. And since you do have a choice, most of the time you'll be better off if you choose to react in a positive rather than a negative way.

Here are 3 critical ways your attitude as a leader impacts your team, for better or for worse:
1. Your Attitudes Determines Their Attitude.
As a leader, your mood is contagious. Over time, your attitude will set the tone for your entire team and organization.

Be a goof and you will have an organization filled with goofs (and all the good people will leave).
Be stern and you will have a stern organization.
Be angry…
Be critical…
Be negative…
Be unpredictable…
Be encouraging…
Be hopeful…
Be fair…
Be generous…

The fact that you don’t want your attitude to impact the organization is irrelevant. It simply does.

2. You Determine the Level of Passion and Enthusiasm in Your Organization.
If you think the organization you lead lacks passion and enthusiasm, take a hard look in the mirror.

3. Your Attitude Determines What Is And Isn’t Possible.
As a result, if you’re a leader, please realize:

If you believe it is possible, it is. And if you don’t, it’s not.

That’s right. You’re the vision bottleneck. You’re the broker and the killer of dreams.

If you are consistently the negative voice around the table, you will stifle the imagination of your team for what’s possible. Conversely, when you dare to dream, dare to imagine, and dare to hope, and persevere, then the impossible becomes the possible.

The attitude of the leader has a huge impact on the culture, environment, and mood of the department or organization. The leader’s attitude tends to spread and affect others dramatically. A good leader has the attitude of serving his employees at all times, often at the expense of his own morale or personal needs. A good leader truly cares about the morale of the team, pushes and motivates his team with respect, a relentlessly positive attitude and with a genuine heart.

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