Positive /Negative Approach in Work Place


Lt-Col-Atul-Tyagi-retd, Lt Col Atul Tyagi retd– Lt Col Atul Tyagi retd –

Nothing can be overemphasized than positive thinking in life. Positive thinking or approach is described as all time solution to vexed issues in life. Positive is a state of mind vis a vis a state which is negative, under a set of conditions. Positive approach means mind laced with having hopes, never to give up approach with hopes paramount for desired outcome.

On the other hand, negative thinking and negative emotions are deemed counterproductive; complex & potentially aligned towards reduction, destruction & elimination. On compared basis positives prevail over negatives however a dose extra in positive state can be equally unrewarding in matters of conclusive gains pertaining to profits.  The correct understanding of positive approach is utmost important. Positive approach or bend of mind does not mean that one should let the thing go by or not worry at all. However worrying or focusing too much on an issue may be equally baneful as the balance does take the toll. A balanced approach is the need & the whole some perspective overcomes the dilemma of all. Too much positive approach may propel the person to move on at times without calculations, invite more risks than necessary and flaunt caution to the wind. Being Positive means determined & confident in right earnest with right frame with right intention with right measure with right methods.  By being more positive, one cannot avoid the risk of being framed as egoist, overconfident & un calculative.

Positive thinking without dose of negative factoring may take the person dealing in business to depth of miseries & complexities. Negative considerations are equally beneficial provide one knows the application part of them. Estimation matters; neither over nor under, can bring the sombre effect on decisions. With a tinge of negative estimation, positive frame of mind can initiate actions with right, balanced & holistic perspective.

In cyclic life events, when something imagined does not happen; it provides a shock. One does not easily accept it. On the other hand, if something desired happens which was not contemplated due to overcautious thinking pattern bracketed as negative casing, one is not liable to be affected. Negative visualization can be an excellent antidote to anxiety.

Positive approach teaches us to pursue the goal with undivided attention, however, too much of time bound & goal oriented approach may prompt one to adopt all types of means including compromising ethics & values.

Lessons to enhance positivity will help to those who are brimming with passion. Will it affect positively those who are negatively oriented? Those who carry negative attributes feel composed & filled up when they come across undesired & unwanted situations. Negative events are good for getting attention, negative communication is central to accomplishing key activities of transformational leadership; i.e., getting an audience’s attention… Human beings give more weight to losses than to gains, to pains than to joys, to negative events than to positive events… As a result, negative events are more attention-getting… but, if a leader is looking to ‘inspire’ action it requires positive stories: Leaders can get attention through negative stories but when they are trying to ‘inspire’ people towards action than positive messages generally work better. The sustained enthusiasm required by leadership is a positive emotion; hence, a leader’s communication for ‘change’ needs to be positive. It’s the contagiousness of a leader’s positive emotion and energy that stimulates desire for a new future. A frequent leadership mistake is to try to spark action with negative stories. Negative stories get people’s attention but don’t spark action which generates from positive stories that shows the way forward.

Positive thinking has desirable consequences; however, it seems that this may not be the case unless it’s mixed with a little negative thinking. Those who practice negative thinking are more able to handle difficult situations. Negative thinking is important in business. It is important that the worst is thought of. It is important that all probables are contemplated to one’s likings or disliking. It is utmost important to have a mix of all positively implied & negative implied courses with consequences. A dose of negative thinking keeps one on tenterhooks & saves most of the time from leaning on steps which may not be soothing for success in desired terms.

Generally people having cautious & rationale approach are labelled as negative thinkers who dissuade form any new approach. It may not be so. Such people only add a little flavour to extremes of discussions & consequences. Negative people have enhanced ‘information-processing strategies’, which means they use the critical part of their brain more successfully than cheerful people.

Most important is to understand that no thinking is undesirable; it is right combination which is the need to work out strategy for any project. A combination of both positive & negative can create balance which can catapult in rationale outcome.  We may not differentiate positive & negative in qualitative terms. Positive approach is good for constructive thinking pattern & develop zeal to undertake challenges but may not ultimately be the panacea of all issues. Positive thinking produces wonderful dreams, visions, goals. Negative thinking produces powerful plans, strategies. Learning optimism is about building greater resiliency, improving our performance by changing the way we interpret events, not by putting on a happy face in every situation. At times we tend to cushion negative developments under the weight of positive aura which we create under the impression that positivity is must in life. We obfuscate the reality deliberately.

Negative thinking (fear, doubt and worry.) is a fact of life and of business. You can’t stop negative thinking from entering the workplace, but you can stop it from limiting you and your team. The positive power of negative thinking is a check to the natural, irrational exuberance we feel when we try to attain success. Also, by thinking about the negative events, if and when they occur, the bitter taste of their impact will be lessened thanks to planning. Positive thinking and confidence improves performance; whereas, negative thinking feels realistic, protects us, lowers expectations. While justifying negative thinking in its own place, the idea is not to undermine the importance of positive approach; important is to go ahead with the right mix of both the approaches to scale accomplishment of undertakings.

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A Brief:
Lt Col Atul Tyagi (retd) was commissioned in traditionalist Regt of Artillery of Indian Army on 20 dec 1986. He served in multiple number of outfits in the regiment from Basic & core field units to highly technical Surveillance & target acquisition units till he voluntarily sought premature retirement in 2008.

He did a number of Army courses & programmes including competitive Long Gunnery Staff Course which catapulted him to be covetous ‘Instructor in Gunnery’ & a Post graduate in tech equipment from Pune University. During his inning in Indian Army, he traversed length & breadth of the country & having been stationed at multiple places for multifold tasking, he acquired vast experience in administration, operations, logistics & man management. He served physically in field unnt in active Kargil Battle Zone in 1999 & had his inning in Counter insurgency operations in J& K.

Lt Col Atul Tyagi attended Executive programme in Business Administration for Armed forces from Management development Institute, Gurgoan. Besides that, he credited himself by acquiring LL.B, M.Sc (Guidance & Counselling), MBA, MDBA, Symbiosis. He is likely to accomplish LL.B & Ph.D in coming months. He is also a certified trainer in the field of human development.

Lt Col Atul Tyagi re initiated his career in Education management as Associate Professor in professional Engineering & management institutions where he took upon subjects like HR, Human Values, Organization behavior, Business laws, Personality development. He touched upon all dimensions in education management from Admission to placement etc & graced positions of Head PGDM department, Dean Administration & HOD, training development & placement. He developed himself as motivational trainer & associated with Indian Society of training & development & also acquired the status of Certified Trainer. He took upon the task of corporate training sessions, guest lectures in different institutions.

In his just previous assignment, he adorned the covetous role of General Manager- Administration & Human resource at Bhushan Steel Plant, Orissa. He has taken over the position of first Registrar of Jaypee University, Anoopshahr wef 08 Jan 2015. He shall also address Human development as a subject for all encompassing development  of the students.

*Disclaimer: The views expressed by the author in this feature are entirely his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of INVC NEWS 


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