Are You Comfortable Being Uncomfortable?

  One of the great things about negative thinking is it fosters innovation. Finding improvements to already useful items is a sure sign of someone who is not satisfied. For example, why would anyone build a better mouse trap? An entirely positive person would be happy simply because they have a mouse trap! If it …

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Can You Say “No” to “Yes” Men?

  Last week we talked about no. This week we’ll talk about yes.[1]   It’s always good to have at least one person in your group with a negative mindset. At least one, no more than two. [2]. The point is to get a person who doesn’t always agree with you. Having a dissenting voice …

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Do You Know About Saying No?

  “No” is an important word.   It’s okay to say “no”. For many people, “no” is a hard word to say. We’ve grown up thinking “no” is a bad thing. We’ve been conditioned not to say “no”.    Think about it. When you were growing up, what did you hear the most? “No”.Can I …

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Are You Afraid of Fear?

  I have always appreciated fear.   Fear does many things: It motivates, it keeps things in check, it stops you from doing stupid things, and it can show that you care.   Yet, most people see fear (especially when seen in others) as weakness. This is not accurate; fear is a natural response for …

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Haters Hating or Constructive Criticism?

Feedback is a tough racket.   If it’s unsolicited we can get defensive, often using the “haters gonna hate” mantra to explain away things we don’t want to hear. SPOILER ALERT: The hater in questions doesn’t hate… they’re too caught up in their own head to worry about hating you!   If it’s requested and not positive, it …

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Are You Willing to Ruin Your Project?

With all the news about the Mars rover Curiosity landing [1] I stumbled upon this article from the Chicago Tribune about rover Chief Engineer Rob Manning. It is a perfect example of how you can take a negative thinker and utilize their “powers”, especially during the planning phase of a project: Regardless of whether the …

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