You never want to waste a good crisis.

The current economic situation can have either a positive or negative impact on motivation. The pessimist will see these difficulties as de-motivators. However, the optimist knows that difficult times can bring us together in a common effort and goal.


It all depends on how you look at it.


Findings from the 2008/2009 WorkUSA Survey Report recommend that employers capitalize on “engageable moments” to increase engagement and productivity.


An engageable moment is a critical juncture for maintaining and building engagement. It might occur during such programs as new employee orientation, feedback during a one-on-one or when the organization goes through particularly challenging economic times.


Let me give you an example.


I had the opportunity to work together with some long time employees in our company on a wonderful project to try and capture the heart and soul of our company.  We asked everyone in the company to contribute a story that best defined our corporate culture.  All of the stories would be compiled into a book that will be distributed at our 30-year anniversary celebration later this week. Over 200 people, out of the 300 who work here, contributed stories.  Do you know what people pointed to time and again as our defining moment?  Our response to 9/11. 


Why?  It was during that difficult time that we best pulled together to achieve a common goal. We have that opportunity again.


You have a choice.  We all have a choice.  How will we enter the day?  How will we respond to the world going on around us?  Will we remain hopeful, optimistic, confident, and resilient when things look tough?


What about you?  What are the strategies that you have in place for yourself to remain strong, confident, and hopeful going forward? 


It is not the events of the day that define us; it is how we react to them.

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