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The Power of a Positive Attitude: Discovering the Key to Success

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Attitude affects every facet of our lives--from the way we handle stress to how we communicate at work. The way we view difficulties and setbacks can make the difference between success and failure. Roger Fritz has devoted his career to helping people overcome obstacles and achieve their goals by changing their outlook on life. In The Power of a Positive Attitude, he shows readers how to develop a deeper understanding of the effects of their attitude and how it influences not only their performance but the results others achieve. Now, readers can learn to succeed in business by:

assessing their attitude toward themselves and their co-workers * overcoming nega­tive attitudes * learning the dos and don'ts in dealing with their bosses * becom­ing better listeners * overcoming resistance to change in the workplace * rejecting suggestions without causing resentment * giving and responding to criticism from team members * disagreeing with employees and colleagues without being disagreeable * conquering burnout and stress Life-affirming and authoritative, this is an invaluable book that will empower anyone to face life and work with joy and confidence.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Introduction
  3. 1. Interpreting Your World
    1. Your Positive Attitude Quotient (PAQ)
    2. Assess Your Attitude Toward Yourself
    3. Evaluate Your Attitude Toward Other People
    4. Attitude Reflects Positively and Negatively
    5. Make Up Your Mind to be Positive
    6. Change the Way You Feel about Yourself
    7. Pull Yourself Up
    8. Rework Mistakes
    9. Look for a Better Way
  4. 2. How Attitude Affects Results
    1. Do’s and Don’ts in Dealing with Your Boss
      1. The Do’s
      2. The Don’ts
    2. Identify Accountable People
      1. The Least Valuable People (LVP) Profile
    3. Get the Help You Need
    4. What’s Wrong vs. Who’s Wrong
    5. Attitude and Effectiveness
    6. Overcoming Your Own Negative Attitudes
    7. Build Up Your Self-Confidence
      1. What Limitations Will You Accept?
      2. What Choices Do You Make?
  5. 3. Effective Leaders Are Positive
    1. Characteristics of Successful Leaders
    2. Believe in Yourself
    3. The Importance of How we Appear to Others
    4. The Challenge of Leading
    5. Key Factors Involved in Leadership
    6. What Effectiveness Requires
    7. Are you an Effective Leader?
    8. Caring cannot be Faked
  6. 4. Motivating Others
    1. Dealing with Overachievers
    2. Communicating Effectively
    3. Becoming a Better Listener
    4. Ask the Right Questions
    5. Making Criticism Constructive
    6. Teaming
    7. Developing Your Interpersonal Relationships
    8. Improving Morale
    9. Change Before You Must
    10. Leverage Your Abilities
    11. Avoid Doubters
    12. Lean Forward and Don’t Look back
  7. 5. Maximizing Your Performance
    1. Accept Responsibility for Your Actions
    2. Think Before You Decide
    3. Expect Problems
    4. Perception Can be Reality
    5. Know Your Colleagues
    6. Positive Attitude Encourages Improved Performance
    7. The Generation Gap
  8. 6. Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills
    1. Preparing for Change
    2. Overcoming Resistance to Change
      1. Encourage Participation
      2. Rejecting Suggestions Without Causing Resentment
  9. 7. Overcoming Problems Together
    1. When Things Go Wrong
    2. Dealing with Conflict
    3. Giving Criticism
    4. Responding to Criticism
      1. Consider the Source
      2. React Constructively
    5. Resolving Problems
  10. 8. Upgrading Capabilities
    1. Foster Employee Commitment
    2. How to Disagree without being Disagreeable
    3. Bounce Back and Win
    4. Test New Skills
    5. Deserve Respect
    6. Be a Coach
  11. 9. Conquering Burnout and Stress
    1. Burnout
    2. Test Your Stress Level
    3. Managing Stress
    4. Coping with Burnout
    5. Relieving Stress at the Office
      1. Take a Break
      2. Exercise
      3. Change Tasks
      4. Talk to a Friend
      5. Find Your Own Solution
    6. Using Your Positive Attitude to Help Others
  12. 10. Positive Attitude—the Key to Success
    1. Criteria for Successful Leaders
    2. The Attributes of Winners
    3. Enthusiasm is Contagious
    4. The Hazards of Success