See the glass as half full....


Someone again asked me recently what’s the most important quality to look for in an applicant (or new employee): for me, that’s easy: someone with an optimistic attitude.  I’ve written about this a lot in these messages because it’s so important to hire people who see the glass as half full (rather than half empty), are flexible and generally interested in making things better, who’ll want the ball when the game is on the line, and in who’s hands you’ll want the ball then too: they’ll be the go-to people who can and will get a job done right and on-time. People like that have the right attitude, focus and drive to turn negative situations and stresses into positive ones. Identify the people working for you who are like that: nurture and coach them to use those positive team-oriented qualities for the benefit of all, mentor them to know and understand the bigger pictures and issues you’re dealing with,  and help prepare them for more responsibility. As a leader, your job is to convert negative people and situations into positive ones today.

János "Hans" Selye (1907 – 1982): Hungarian-Canadian endocrinologist who conducted important scientific work on the existence of biological stress