One of the major reasons for me when I started writing this blog, was to concentrate on positive side of things. I’ve seen lots of negativity in different forums, heard about the negativity in work places, negativity and lack of trust in teams. I’ve heard stories telling how it’s impossible to succeed in gaming business (and most likely you know these guys in other industries as well). I’ve heard stories how things just won’t work and how the world is a cruel place to live – or cruel place to make games. I’ve heard rants and whining.
When I started this blog I decided to concentrate on positive side of things. Even when I might have made some mistakes, and (almost) “ranting” on something, I’ve tried to mention also the positive aspects. It actually has been great to see how this impacts – lots of comments and commentors are also very positive and have supportive attitude. I’ve heard some negative comments, but majority of talk in the blog has been positive. I’ve also had a chance to talk and email with some talents in bigger studios… and while there are studios with bad attitudes, it’s been (almost) amazing to find out how flexible and positive people you can find from these studios – telling how these big corporations are actually very nice places to work.
While I understand that external factors naturally have impact (especially when you work in a team), I still think every producer (or any person) in the world has power on how to react – more or less, depending on the person and his past experiences and current way of thinking. In some situations people might feel too exhausted to think positively, and in these situations it’s naturally more difficult to stay positive. Everybody can be positive and feel relaxed when everything is well, but it requires great amount of training to feel positive and relaxed when things are not well.
Here’s some questions and situations to ponder:
- How positive you are when it comes to leading the team? Are you using rewards for doing things well? Or are you using “stick” and blaming others when things are not done as you wanted? Are you congratulating for work well done? Or are you shouting about work that’s done late? Are you changing plans and using your ‘title’ to make others adapt the change? Or are you keeping plans visible and public and help others to adapt the change?
- How positive you are in dealing with problems? Are you whining? Blaming others? Blaming the world? Are you asking yourself “why me? why this doesn’t work?” Or are you telling yourself “Thank God it’s me who has chance to fix this. Now, how can I make this work?”
- Are you seeing the glass half-full when it comes to project? Are you worrying about the missed deadlines and the amount of workload? Or are you remembering what’s already been done, and coming up with solutions how to meet the deadlines and deal with the workload?
- Are you taking responsibility? Are you positive when it comes to dealing with additional work? Will you be asking encouraging questions and making sure the process will be refined when needed? Will you take responsibility for any work you’ve touched? Are you saying “It’s not my work to do that” or are you saying “I will deal it.”
How positive you are?
Tip for those who want further reading: check out positivity blog. I found it some time ago, and the content on that site is encouraging. I really recommend taking a look at it.