The power of positivity.

This post was originally published on my old blog: Spike the Poodle

I learned an important lesson this week about how powerful it is when people are outwardly positive about the project and work they are doing.

Having worked on projects in the past where the team were frustrated and had a tendency to demonstrate that quite vocally – something which I am definitely guilty of doing – at first, I really noticed the positive comments that were quite regular in our daily stand-ups:

"I had a really great meeting about how that system works …"
"The developers got together and now we all feel really good about building the new widget …"
"The BA produced some great diagrams that made the requirements much clearer …"

Every time it happens, it's a little boost to the team members, and helps keep up the motivation of the team in general. I particularly remember a comment about my diagrams, and it made me feel good :)

It wasn't until it was pointed out to me this week by somebody on my team that I realised I wasn't really contributing to the positivity myself though. People do notice – and in ThoughtWorks, they will tell you too!

So my resolution for next week is to try and say something positive and complimentary at least twice a day (n.b. "nice haircut" does not count). Try it – it's easier than you think!

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