Horizons Blog

Horizons Blog

If you want to engage, empower, or motivate others, don't just focus on increasing your positive behaviours. Pay attention to what you need to stop doing as well. Why? Because people remember the bad more than the good.

“Multiple studies have shown that people pay strong attention to negative information. For example, when asked to recall important emotional events, people remember four negative memories to every positive one.”

When taking on a new role, it can be tempting to list out all of the great things you plan to accomplish in your first year.

But be careful before you make any hard commitments. It’s better to under-promise and over-deliver. You don’t know what unforeseen obstacles may get in your way - the organisation’s resistance to change, for example.

Be conservative when setting expectations with your new boss and other stakeholders.

If you deliver more results, you will delight them. But if you promise too much and fall short, you risk undermining your credibility.

To become a leader, don't wait for the fancy title or the corner office with the nice windows.

Your boss has the most impact on your success and failure at work - more than any other person you work with.

So when you start a position or job, it is to your advantage to invest positively in this relationship.

Here are 3 quick tips to start you on the right footing: