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Attitude Matters … A Little Humility is a Good Thing!

Quote about nurturing relationships from Linda KaplanThe world is a fickle place, and it can be easy to find ourselves in a “comfort zone” or getting a little complacent because we have had some success.

Our world changes around us at a phenomenal pace, and what makes us successful today is not guaranteed to make us successful tomorrow.  Indeed what makes us successful today in one company is not even guaranteed to make us successful today in another company!  The business world has many stories of people who were unable to recreate their former glories after moving to another company.

The last recession cause a downturn in fortunes for many who had been riding high previously, and quite likely the current drop in oil price will have a similar affect.

This is a very practical reason why we should be a little humble, especially when things are going well.  Yes you can probably get away with a little attitude when you are having success. Yes you can probably bend the small rules, not be so good with your paperwork and perhaps even rub your colleagues the wrong way, when things are going well.  As always there is a price to everything, and the person with attitude will pay the price when their fortunes change.

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; noting on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” W. W. Ziege

Here are a few things to think about:

  1. The minute you start to think that you are good, others will recognize that … and you will begin to alienate people.
  2. To be “technically” good at our job is really just expected these days.  Once that is “under control” we can aim to over achieve, but it is also important to work on all of the other aspects of our game … personal brand, communication skills, presentation skills,  and attitude.
  3. Situations change … the markets go soft, a client decides to move their business and all of a sudden your “star” might lose its shine and that is not a good position if you are also labelled as having an “attitude”.
  4. Good habits are developed over time and need to be maintained over time, so it is important to always work at being on top of your game, if you intend to get there and stay there!
  5. If you are sloppy about “the little things” then it will reduce your effectiveness. If you work at the small things it can only help!
  6. Sometimes what are “the little things” to you, are not considered the same way by others.

We all need to avoid that “comfort zone”, pay attention to the little things and work on our personal brand.  It will stand us in good stead for the long haul!

General Colin Powell’s Rules:

1. It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
2. Get mad, then get over it.
3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your
position falls, your ego goes with it.
4. It can be done!
5. Be careful what you choose. You may get it.
6. Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
7. You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone
else make yours.
8. Check small things.
9. Share credit.
10. Remain calm. Be kind.
11. Have a vision. Be demanding.
12. Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.


Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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