Elevating Team Culture Through Positive Intelligence

by Aug 14, 2023

In the fast-paced and dynamic environment of the modern workplace, it’s becoming increasingly challenging for individuals to work collaboratively and harmoniously as a team. Competitiveness among colleagues, stress, and communication barriers are some of the obstacles that hinder positive teamwork.

In this captivating episode of Catherine’s Corner, Dr. Kevin takes us on a journey through the transformative power of Positive Intelligence (PQ) and its potential to revolutionize your team’s culture. Drawing from his remarkable 18-year tenure at Intel, where he honed his skills in managing Intel University and spearheading worldwide management and leadership development initiatives, Dr. Kevin brings a wealth of expertise to the table. His mastery in harnessing the principles of PQ to enhance team dynamics promises to be nothing short of mind-expanding.

Positive intelligence, put simply, is a measure of your ability to deal with negative thoughts and emotions. It’s about finding the silver lining in any given situation and using it to your advantage. When integrated into teams, positive intelligence changes team culture. Team members become more resilient and adaptable to challenges and develop better relationships with one another. Teamwork itself becomes more effective, with co-workers communicating more constructively and openly. There are a number of ways employers can foster positive intelligence within their teams:

Encouraging Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness is central to developing positive intelligence. It helps individuals become more aware of their thoughts and emotions and how to regulate them. Encourage your employees to take short breaks for time-outs and meditation exercises to recharge and re-focus their minds.

Creating a Culture of Appreciation

Expressing gratitude and acknowledging the contributions of team members can create a culture of appreciation and positivity. This will help to make work feel fun, enjoyable, and rewarding, which is conducive to teamwork and productivity.

Fostering Positivity with Team Challenges

Challenges are a great way to develop a positive mindset. Use team challenges or group activities to develop a more collaborative and fun workplace culture.

Leading by Example

Leaders are the role models in the workplace, where team members are likely to take their cues from their leaders. Leaders who demonstrate the values of positive intelligence become a major influence on the team’s mindset and culture.

Investing in training and development- Supporting employees by providing access to training programs, resources, and development opportunities is an essential aspect of developing positive intelligence. Employees who can develop their skills and knowledge often feel more confident and competent, which boosts their overall positivity and well-being.

Positive intelligence is a key driver of individual and organizational success. It can be considered the “secret sauce” of workplace culture as it helps to foster a more positive and collaborative atmosphere that improves teamwork and productivity. Institutions need to invest in developing the positive intelligence of their workforce, by encouraging mindfulness, creating a culture of appreciation, fostering a mindset of positivity through challenges, leading by example, and investing in training and development. As more organizations embrace positive intelligence, the modern workplace will transform from a competitive, cut-throat environment to a more supportive, positive community.

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About Catherine Mattice

Catherine Mattice, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is President of consulting and training firm, Civility Partners, and has been successfully providing programs in workplace bullying and building positive workplaces since 2007. Her clients include Fortune 500’s, the military, several universities and hospitals, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits. She has published in a variety of trade magazines and has appeared several times on NPR, FOX, NBC, and ABC as an expert, as well as in USA Today, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Catherine is Past-President of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), San Diego Chapter and teaches at National University. In his book foreword, Ken Blanchard called her book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.” She recently released a second book entitled, SEEKING CIVILITY: How Leaders, Managers and HR Can Create a Workplace Free of Bullying.

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