Brief

Positivity that inspires people and creates movement is what people and organizations should strive for, even as negativity is part of life and has its necessary moments, writes Nick Nowak, who offers a short quiz on “risers” and “sinkers.” Positive-minded people “are committed to doing the right thing, doing what they can and believing that it can be done,” Nowak writes.

 

Insight

Get out your pen or pencil or stylus or charcoal or invisible ink. It’s time for a pop quiz! Please choose the option that best describes you:

A.I try to make the best of a bad situation.
B.I focus on what went wrong to cause a bad situation.

A.I believe that successful leaders are more constructive than critical.
B.I believe that successful leaders are more critical than constructive.

A.Focusing on the worst parts of a job with colleagues is not a healthy form of venting.
B.Focusing on the worst parts of a job with colleagues is a healthy form of venting.

A.The most important part of problem-solving is coming up with a solution.
B.The most important part of problem-solving is pointing out the problem.

A.I need to step up my game for my teammates.
B.My teammates need to step up their game.

A.I find ways to help others in the decision-making process.
B.I doubt the decision-making of the people around me.

A.I believe in working toward a consensus.
B.I believe in persuading others to do what I think is right.

A.I am an optimist.
B.I am a pessimist.

A.I avoid sarcasm when working with others.
B.I use sarcasm to connect with others.

A.Yup. There’s a theme. If you are choosing mostly a’s, you’re a riser. If you identify more with the b’s, you’re a sinker. Is being a sinker bad? It B.sounds bad.

 

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