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The Optimistic Workplace: A Book Visual Summary

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When it comes to work these days, we’re expected to do more with less—but is this nose-to-the-grindstone philosophy the best way to run a business? Alarmingly low employee engagement numbers indicate otherwise.

So, if pushing everyone harder isn’t the path to productivity, what is? Supported by the latest research, The Optimistic Workplace, an eye-opening book, argues that our best work is the product of a positive environment. That’s good news for you as a manager. While you can’t personally transform the corporate culture, you can influence the workplace climate and create meaningful and lasting change.

This deck is a visual summary of my book: http://goo.gl/xFvAyv

Far from being a wish-upon-a-star discussion of workplace happiness, this book presents an array of surprisingly simple strategies as well as practical 30-, 60-, and 90-day plans designed to focus your actions and make workplace optimism not just a worthy goal—but a real and measurable result.

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  • Wow ! Congrats Shawn. Love the slide show. Can't wait to get the book. Miss you and Ted. Keep up the great work and all the CARE !
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The Optimistic Workplace: A Book Visual Summary

  1. 1. The workplace doesn’t have to be a drag.
  2. 2. Yet workplaces have become outdated, feet-dragging, soul- sucking locations where employees “do their time.” Photo courtesy of Jan Vašek
  3. 3. What if you could turn work into a positive contribution in people’s lives? Photo courtesy of Alex Jones
  4. 4. Instead of waiting for upper management to do something about the symptoms of uninspired workplaces, you have access to a powerful lever— workplace climate.
  5. 5. What it feels like to work somewhere is climate. It’s the lesser discussed reality of work life. It’s different than culture; which is how things get done.
  6. 6. Climate influences the work experience and employees’ perceptions of the work environment.
  7. 7. Your leadership style has the greatest influence on climate. How you show up and interact with others shapes the climate. This influences your team’s performance. It influences results. Photo courtesy of Startup Stock Photos
  8. 8. Your leadership style helps cultivate an optimistic workplace. Photo courtesy of Zak Suhar
  9. 9. Workplace optimism is the belief that good things will come from hard work. It’s the deliberate choice to focus on what’s right with and what’s possible in the workplace, and in the work you do.
  10. 10. The Origins of Optimism in the work environment are rooted in these three factors: Purpose Meaningful Work Extraordinary People
  11. 11. To help guide you to cultivate an energetic, positive work environment, keep in mind the Origins of Optimism.
  12. 12. In business, a clear sense of purpose transforms aimless work into calls to action. Clarity is amplified. Commitment is deepened. Communication is intentional. Connection is experienced. Purpose
  13. 13. Leaders use meaning to personalize the work experience. The work is given meaning by purpose, aspirations, and strengths. Meaningful Work
  14. 14. Meaning from work is the impact it has on the person. Meaning is experienced when there is values alignment between the person and the work. Meaning is personal and unique. It emerges when employees believe they can have an impact on others.
  15. 15. The three Areas of Meaning can help a leader intentionally create the opportunities for meaning to emerge.
  16. 16. Leaders are relationship builders. Those that create a sense of relatedness help unlock peoples’ potential. Today leaders need to get to know the whole person, not just the employee. This means getting to know what employees want from their career and out of life. Extraordinary People
  17. 17. While for some it may be unfamiliar to invest time getting to know the whole person, the mutuality in the relationship outweighs comfort.
  18. 18. We spend 1/3 of our time working. We give companies the lion share of our available time each week. By developing positive relationships, they enrich the time we invest, deepen trust, commitment, and even loyalty. Photo courtesy of Dafne Cholet
  19. 19. For extraordinary people to do great work, conscious leaders help people realize their potential in life—personally and professionally.
  20. 20. An optimistic climate is possible when you approach the work as an opportunity. It’s not a corporate initiative. Photo courtesy of Glenn Simmons
  21. 21. A positive environment takes shape when you see your employees as human beings, and not a resource to get stuff done. Photo courtesy of Saad Akhtar
  22. 22. The last important point to make about the optimistic workplace centers on profit. Profit margins are healthier in positive workplaces. Photo courtesy of Kevin Dooley
  23. 23. Yet, the natural tendency of leaders, when profit is the sole measure of success, is to manage humanity out of the workplace. This limits both the people and profit success factors. Photo courtesy of Charlie Wales

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