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Article published by Better Business Focus Better in March 2011 edition

Positivity positively saves time!

Author Iris Clermont tells how a positive mindset can make all the difference in work performance, and how it can also save time

The wish to have more time available and great results, while facing a raise of complexity is one of the key messages I hear from projects independent of cultures, countries or companies. One magic response to save time and achieve the required objectives is living and working with a positive attitude. Positivity is an obvious, important and often mentioned mindset that requires continuous growing and improvement. As a result of a growing positive attitude a raise of work performance follows automatically.

Just by changing your mindset to a positive one and by spending your usual day with a positive attitude will present you with lots of great moments and with appreciation from your colleagues and from your business partners. I experienced this in one of my first jobs while conducting technical training sessions for teams of engineers. Without any improvement of my own technical skills or any content change of the seminar, the received feedback scores improved from 7 to 9. The one and only difference was my own thinking, changing to a positive mindset, enjoying the day and by caring about the people in the training room.

What helps most to support the growths of positive thinking and to manifest a continuous raise of performance and a better usage of time is to celebrate successes and achievements. How often do we jump from one project to the next, from one meeting to the next, without taking the time for acknowledgements? We run from A to B and forget what life is about. We forget to gain from our own and from our team’s insights and knowledge and to take the chance to celebrate and to move this positive experience to future projects.

  • One way forward to support a positive mindset is to notice down 10 preferred ways to celebrate or to find your own way to celebrate with painting a picture about this topic.
  • Another way forward are positive thinking questions to reflect the current situation you are facing and to support your finding of the most effective option to step forward.


  • If you would be the owner of this company how would you react?
  • How does your next step look like when you regard your difficult ‘problem’ as an opportunity to an important, needed change?
  • What is your approach, considering your challenging colleagues or business partners offer a positive growth as well as a learning opportunity?
  • A third way forward towards positivity is to do something pleasurable once a day and to start with noting down, what to do each day, which brings you in a good mode for the coming week. A reflection of the effect of this exercise at the end of the week will show your time saving results.


We are the owners of our time and we can decide how we want to spend our time. We can look from different perspectives from real close and from far away, from a detailed view and from the big picture, from the past perspective, the presence and the future to what we really want, what really matters. Those different perspectives viewing through positive, shining glasses can change, motivate and turn negative results upside down.

One example happened during one team coaching session in South America. The key insight was a change of views from ‘blaming the world, colleagues, different teams, circumstances’ to taking over responsibility for the team and for the own situation. This radical positive change was able to turn the team motivation as well as the team performance. What helped was thinking about the following questions as well as an honest and open feedback round.

  • Who is the owner of my time?
  • Who decides over my mindset?
  • What does a positive mindset feel like?
  • What are the results of a positive approach?


After the session this team moved from daily moaning to looking for best options and alternatives. From that day onwards they received positive feedback from teams they worked with and they were highly appreciated as regarded as an effective team. Whenever viewing motivated teams during the observation part of assessments, their focus, the time they spend on their job tasks, the performance and results, the approach and communication as well as the processes they use, are as optimal as they could possibly be.

Working each day on positivity is especially for all of us, who are not born and grown up as ‘sunshine’s’ more than worth doing. Refreshing your positivity mindset and emotions once a day is an inspiring start. Look outside the window or walk outside while taking a couple of deep breaths, enjoying the view, the moment. Review today’s success while thinking about what went well. This will guide you a step further towards positivity. Please pay attention and recognise the reaction, the positive feedback and support from your environment to your positivity raise. The way you react, you speak, you use your language and you show your presence is the way you receive feedback. You receive what you present. Consider how much time you save and you can effectively use when being in a positive mode, feeling great, spreading fun and acknowledgement around to all the people you are surrounded by.

I wish you a positive mindset and great successes for you and for your team.

Iris Clermont is an international certified coach and process consultant, the author of the book ‘Team Magic’, a single mother of three teenagers.  During the last 20 years, Iris Clermont has been travelling and working in 20 different countries around the world and working as part of a virtual team or performing team coaching, executive coaching and process consultancy as a combination, mainly in the telecommunications area for corporate companies. Further information can be found from her web page:

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