We all hear the stories… the stories of how people have to deal with negativity in their workplace. The stories of how that negativity affects their ability to do good work. The stories of how that negativity affects them outside of work, causing issues with family and friends.
There’s a consistent theme to these stories that serve as the basis of the issue - Negativity is like a contagious disease. When one person is negative, it quickly spreads to another, and another, until everyone is infected.
Within our Harmonic Leadership content, the phrase I use to describe this is “Negativity Breeds Negativity.” This negativity is what causes the workplace to become dysfunctional, killing productivity and causing frustration, anger, and sadness.
But there’s hope… because, “Positivity Breeds Positivity,” creating an engaging, productive and happy workplace.
It only takes one person sharing their positive strengths to help others to become more positive as well. Positivity serves as a vaccination to stop the spread of negativity, and over time an immunity will be built up within the team-members (where they can absorb a bit of negativity without getting infected).
I very carefully chose the word “breeds” to describe this phenomenon. I toyed around with some alternatives…
Spreads (but it just made me think of butter on toast)
Causes (but it was too bland… like toast without butter)
Begets (but it seemed too pretentious… like marmalade on crumpets)
So, I landed on the word “breeds” because of the power to describe the spreading of personal attitudes from person to person, and how the spread is multiplied over time (think of cute bunnies as being the spreading of Positivity, and think of rats as being the spreading of Negativity).
So, everyday, we have a choice in creating the story that we will tell… We can make the choice to proliferate negativity by the spreading of bad vibes. Or we can make the choice to propagate positivity to create a better workplace for everyone.
What choice will you make today?