Managing and Working with Negative People
By Beth Miller, founder and president of Executive Velocity.
We’ve all been there. You find yourself working on an important project and one of your team members, co-workers, or even the manager is an eternal pessimist. I like to call people like this, Eeyore. You remember Eeyore, the gloomy donkey from Winnie the Pooh. The words and phrases you often hear from pessimists are: “It won’t work,” “I can’t,” “why?” Not only can these people de-motivate others, but they can also quickly derail a great project.