I have been fortunate to be able to see quite a lot of county championship cricket over the summer. Essex had a marvellous season, winning both the championship and also the T20 competition. Their success was based on teamwork, positive thinking and a never say die attitude. They were facing defeat in one game but then bowled out Kent for forty to edge over the line. Essex are not the most talented team on paper and they do not have anyone in any of the England squads.

Positive thinking in the workplace

I like to try and glean lessons, when watching sport, which may perhaps be replicated in my business. One of these is positivity. Staff will often say to me “Hopefully we will finish these accounts next week”.  I rather rail at the term “Hopefully”. We should make sure that we achieve the deadline. Positive thinking.

It seems to me that this lack of positive thinking exists in the nation at large. We see this with Brexit. May I immediately say that I voted for us to join the Common Market and I voted to stay in the European Union. Nothing since then has dissuaded me that I made the wrong call. I think, though, that some of the subsequent reportage has been ridiculous. I read an article that there could be a shortage of loo paper when we exit.  I thought to myself “What a load of…err….rubbish”.

I recalled the communique when there was fog in the Channel once, “Fog in the Channel, Continent Isolated”.  Perhaps we need some of that long lost self confidence in our country. We have had to deal with a few crises, like Hitler and Napoleon, inter alia. So I think we can face up to Brexit.

Let’s have a can do attitude.

Posted by Paul Short

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