Positivity is concerned with achieving positive relations between all employees and positively developing the character and atmosphere of the organisation as a system. The seven essential characteristics in the field of positivity that we consider are derived from a number of research sources, including Emotional Intelligence, Positive Psychology and scientific research into successful relations.
It is safe on this team to speak your mind, openly. We can count on each other; we are reliable. The team does not operate in a fear-based environment.
There is an atmosphere of mutual respect and genuine positive regard. Contempt and hostility are not tolerated. We empower other members of the team to contribute.
There is a strong sense of belonging to the team. The team celebrates and acknowledges accomplishments. Empathy, playfulness and humor are present.
Clear and efficient communication is valued over less direct approaches such as politicizing, gossiping, or stonewalling.
Conflict is seen as providing an opportunity for discovery, growth and creativity. The team avoids criticizing, defensiveness and finger pointing. We give and receive feedback well.
The team is open-minded and values differences in ideas, backgrounds, perspectives, personalities, approaches and lifestyles. Diversity is considered vital.
The team has an inspiring shared vision. They are enthusiastic, forward looking and appreciative of each other. There are low levels of cynicism, pessimism, helplessness, hopelessness or dwelling in the past.
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