You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
(Lyrics from a song made popular by Bing Crosby in the 1940s)
Positive? In today's competitive, supercharge environment, where there is no room for mistakes; no
time for do overs?
Well, it turns out that people are more productive when they focus on their strengths.
Twenty-two percent of respondents indicated that they were likely to be disengaged when their
manager primarily focused on their weaknesses. When their manager focused on their
strengths, just one percent were like to be disengaged. (From Strengths Finders 2.0 by Tom
If we expect our stakeholders to engage with us to solve the complex challenges we face, we need
to find ways to support, rather than criticize their efforts.