The attitude indicator on an airplane is very important. It informs the pilot of the orientation of the aircraft relative to the horizon, so it must be correct at all times regardless of the plane's movements. Not to freak anybody out, but if a plane continually turns on autopilot, it may end up doing what pilots call the “graveyard spiral.” This means flight instruments wouldn't be able to distinguish between a “normal” gradual turn and steeper movements, thus requiring an attitude check.
And so it is with us:
· Are we aware of what our attitude indicators are?
· Have we checked our attitude indicator recently?
· Are we checking our attitude indicator periodically?
· How are our attitude indicators kept from drifting?
· Are we continuously on Auto-Pilot?
The answers to the questions above go a long way to determining our personal and profession flight path. We have heard it said that life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we respond to it. This means turning off our personal auto-pilot about what we thought we knew and getting leveled in an accurate way.
At Voltage Leadership, we sometimes hear of an issue with a leader or a staff member. It often sounds like this, “What’s the issue? They are difficult. What does that mean? They have a bad attitude. How do I fix their attitude?”
Here are some tips and tools to help level out attitudes: (our own and others)
· Install or update personal Attitude Indicator 2.0
· Take responsibility for Piloting our own craft
· Focus on arriving in one piece vs being “right”
· Devise and communicate an excellent Flight Plan
· Treat Flight Path Corrections as valuable learning experiences
· Manage personal Energy in addition to Time to keep Level
· Remove any Schadenfreude from the Auto-Pilot
· Take time to compliment the Flight Crew
· Enjoy the ride with an Attitude of Gratitude
For a deeper dive into how to help establish and foster contagious positive attitudes at your organization, check out this episode of the VoltCast radio show, Illuminating Leadership.