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Your longer-serving workers might have a reason to be negative, but you can change that.
I was doing some work recently with a group of leaders, and we were discussing the need to stay positive even when surrounded by people who are negative. Many of the participants, and even myself, were tending to generalize that the high seniority, longer-service workers were the ones who were negative and standing in the way of change.
The problem is when we generalize we end up treating people with disrespect. Some long-term employees have good reason to be a little negative, especially if they’ve endured years of negative and autocratic leadership. If you’d been mistreated and disrespected, you too might come off as a little defensive.
So, what is a leader to do in order to acknowledge past transgressions and help people move on from the past and focus on the future?
Here are some tips:
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