Glass half full or half empty?

half glass of beerIt’s all in the attitude really! I have been working with a number of people over the past year as a business coach and it continues to amaze how critical attitude is to success. This is because attitude tends to drive behaviour and what we do leads to results.

Success is a process of taking a variety of inputs and turning them into outputs or results that we want to achieve. The inputs include how we think, how we talk or the language we use, and behaviour.

We often fall into these input modes without conscious thought, simply because it is a habit.  The question is how can we get different results without doing different things?  Or how can we achieve different outputs without changing the inputs?

A few people I’ve worked with have ways of talking and behaving that cast them as powerless and buffeted by the will of others and as not able to create changes so as to achieve desired results.  Other people, in similar roles and situations, see and act like there is the possibility of change and that there is the possibility of achieving different results.

What is interesting here is that we have people in similar situations, in similar organisations but who have vastly different attitudes to their own ability to create change.

It is up to us to choose how we react to a given situation.  The fact is the glass may currently be storing 50% of its possible total volume, but it is up to us how we choose to describe that fact.   So is your glass half empty or half full?  And what are you going to do about it?

Author: Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is certified in information security and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies terrorism and security. Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Kate is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection.