“People look at apartially filledglass of waterin one of fivedifferent ways.
Some look at the glassas being half full(the optimist) Some look at the glass as being half empty (the pessimist)
Some look at the glass and think“it doesnt matter ,the water is going to evaporateanyway or someone will probablyspill the water, etc.”
Some look at the glass andthink “this is great, there areso many possibilities.We should form a committee,brainstorm and come up withsome great ideas.”
Some look at the glass, andsimply pick it up, fill it withwater and say “this is done.Whats next?”
While it might seem better tobe an optimist than apessimist, the reality is, ifyou simply look at the glass,it doesnt matter whether youare an optimist or pessimist,if you dont do anything,it doesnt really matter.
The person who takes the attitude that it doesnt matter because something negative will happen tends to be an energy drain on everyone around them and tries to hold others back The person who thinks “this is great, lets discuss” seems to be a very positive person but tends to tie things up for long periods of time in committees and discussions. The person who simply fills the rest of the glass and is ready to move on is very proactive.
When looking at these five categories, itseems easy to determine which is the mostdangerous. It might seem the negativeperson from the third group would be themost dangerous but the reality is, whilethey are somewhat of an energy drain,they frequently get isolated and dont havetoo much of an impact.
The dangerous group are the oneswho get excited about things andthen tie them up in committees forlong periods of time. They getpeople excited, and theexpectations are great. Somethingwill happen at the start, and theproject will lose steam.
The proactive person from thefifth group is the one who gets themost done but its important tohave someone to temper theirbehavior. While they get a lotdone, there are times they takethe initiative before knowing allthe facts.
Knowing which categorypeople fall into will help youto know how to manage thembetter. Knowing which category you fall into can help you improve as a manager and as a person.
The challenge is beinghonest and objectivein your analysis.