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Monday, October 30, 2017

Mastery Monday: Understanding Positivity

By Albert L. Winseman, D.Min



“Wow that sounds like fun! Count me in!” said someone high in Positivity – a lot. Positivity brings uplifting emotional stimulation to just about any group, team, or situation. If it’s not fun, let’s make it fun. Positivity sees the bright side, celebrates the win, rallies the troops. Individuals with Positivity in their Top Five are quick to smile, laugh, give praise. The glass is always half full. It isn’t that people strong in the Positivity theme are unrealistic about the negativity and problems that exist in their lives and in the world. It’s that they see attitude is a choice, and they choose to have a positive attitude in the face of adversity. They understand at a deep level the quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln:  “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Individuals with Positivity in their Top Five choose to be happy, choose to see the upside, choose to find the silver lining. That makes them attractive to others, and their positive outlook forms the foundation of all their relationships.

In this installment of Compare and Contrast, I look at the similarities and differences between Positivity and Woo, Adaptability, and Harmony.


Positivity and Woo

As stated in a previous Compare and Contrast, Positivity, Woo, and Communication tend to show up in pairs or as a trio – if an individual has one in their Top Five one or both of the others tend to be close by. Both Positivity and Woo (Winning Others Over) are themes that influence others, even though Positivity is a relationship building theme. Woo is about social influence, and Positivity is about emotional influence. This emotional influence builds strong relationships. Positivity brings a contagious energy and enthusiasm to social situations; Woo is enthusiastic about social situations and the opportunity to meet new people. Positivity needs freedom to experience the joy of life and contributes lightness and positivity to their relationships. Woo needs an expanding social network and contributes energy and enthusiasm to their social networks.

Positivity and Adaptability

Both Positivity and Adaptability are essentially relationship building themes, and both have a quality about them that attracts others to them. The attractiveness of Adaptability lies in the tendency of those with high Adaptability to give their undivided attention to whoever they are with at the moment.  The attractiveness of Positivity lies in the tendency of those with high Positivity to lift the spirits and give joy to whoever they are with at the moment. Adaptability tends to be game for whatever fun Positivity cooks up, and together they are fun to be around.

Positivity and Harmony


Harmony is another relationship building theme, and the goal of both Positivity and Harmony is the same:  Let’s all get along and work together well. That said, those high in Harmony and those high in Positivity go about achieving that goal differently. Harmony listens to different points of view to find areas of agreement and compromise, thereby reducing or eliminating conflict so progress can be made. Positivity lightens the mood, gets everyone laughing, celebrates the accomplishments of the team, and creates an atmosphere of positive, enthusiastic camaraderie so that progress can be made.  There are different ways to get along, and both Positivity and Harmony are especially adept at finding those ways. 

Be sure to catch up on Season One and Season Two of Theme Thursday-Positivity to learn more!

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Al Winseman bio is below


Albert L. Winseman, D.Min., is a Senior Learning and Development Consultant at Gallup. Al brings deep expertise in employee and customer engagement, executive leadership and organizational dynamics to his consulting work with Gallup’s clients. He consults with senior leaders, executives and front-line managers to improve employee and customer engagement and to implement strategic initiatives that drive business growth.

Al's top 5 strengths are: Ideation | Futuristic | Maximizer | Strategic | Command. 

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