Doom and Gloom
Poet T.S. Eliot said, “Let’s not be narrow, nasty, and negative." Musician Barry Mann said, “It’s amazing how a competitive nature can turn a negative into something positive." The first quote of Eliot’s warns of negativity. The second embraces competition, even in negative situations, to produce positives.
Like it or not, throughout your career, you will find team members, stakeholders and even project leaders who are negative to the core. Nothing can please them and never will. The sun is never shining and the glass is always half empty. These people, in my opinion, exist because mankind needs to be different in order to be interesting (perhaps a doing of the higher up being some of us believe in, or perhaps not!)
Still, some negativity in those we work with comes from situations out of their control. Financial and family problems are often to blame. A divorce, a death, a sudden change in one’s personal life can make for some strong negativity at work.
The great thing about negativity is that you don’t have to let it envelope you in simply because you work around someone who wraps themself in it.
So, how do you remain positive when dealing with negativity?