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Attitude Matters in Small Business

Business Technology | June 10, 2011

Being successful in business is due in large part to your mindset. Professional skill and connections can take you far, but if you lack a personable demeanor, you may find success to be unrealistic. At its core, business is about relating to people by way of offering services or goods. While being ambitious and passionate are important character traits for business success, it’s also important to realize that you have to sell yourself before you can sell a product. Here are some important things to remember when developing your attitude in business.

1.    Stay positive

It may seem obvious or even obtuse, but staying positive is of great importance.  Studies show that workers who praise others in the office, set realistic goals and practice being grateful for even small accomplishments are the ones that get ahead. Being pessimistic sets a personal expectation for failure and can lead to a lack of success. To learn more, please read this article.

2.    Think assertively without being aggressive

Assertiveness is one of the top traits of those successful in business, however it is often coupled with aggressiveness. The most important thing when attempting to be assertive without being aggressive is communication. When asserting yourself in the office, allow other people as much time to describe their needs as you’ve allowed yourself. When they are articulating their needs, try not to devalue their perspectives; doing so will help you stay open to meeting them halfway.

Considering these tips will help make you a team player and, in turn, make advancement an obtainable goal. For more tips, read this article.

3.    Be compassionate when confronted with conflict

Interpersonal conflict is an unavoidable part of every work culture. Try approaching resolution with compassion if and when you are at odds with a coworker. Entering conflict resolution with an open mind instead of defensiveness will often result in a more positive outcome. Adding compassion to your business attitude will strengthen your skills at resolving conflict. If you’d like to read more about being compassionate at work, take a look at this article.

Every successful businessperson has a well-cultivated and implemented business attitude. Professional advancement is dependent on your ability to deal with other people, because all businesses readily involve personal interaction to some degree. These tips and bits of advice will be helpful when evaluating and improving your business attitude, making success even more obtainable. Keep in mind: having a good business attitude takes work. Don’t forget that a good personality is an essential business skill.


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