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.