Recently, I had the privilege of reading You Win the Locker Room First: The 7 C’s to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life by John Gordon and Mike Smith. In this great book about leadership and culture, the authors speak about Energy Vampires representing those people in your life that are filled with negativity and have a habit of sucking the energy out of the culture.
To point a finger at the people we have experienced as energy vampires in our world of work or life in general is easy to do. Energy Vampires tend to approach most everything in a negative manner no matter what the topic. They consistently complain about decisions that have been made, little inconveniences, or other people. We know what this can do to a culture and productivity if allowed.
So how do we rid our culture of this type of behavior? The first thing we must do is start with ourselves. Reflecting on our own negativity towards others and the world in general is essential! Instead, focus on how you can make the difference by being proactive, positive, and a model of the glass being half full. You may not have power over others but you do have the power to change your culture by modeling what you would like to see in the environment. By the way, if you reflect and discover that you are an energy vampire, stop!
Secondly, define with your team why you exist and what you hold to be important in your daily journey. Then, commit to holding each other accountable! No one wants to be an energy vampire. They do want to know they are valued! So how do we value each other and create a culture that thrives? Through defining our beliefs and how we will go about our business.
Each new year brings an opportunity to reflect, to grow, and to define our beliefs. I encourage you to join me in continuing to eliminate negative energy in your daily walk! There is nothing better than a collective team of people working interdependently to accomplish a common purpose in a culture that feeds off of positive energy. It is amazing what happens when this takes place! I do believe it is primarily what separates the good from the great!