Enthusiasm In An Organization
Do your family, friends, and co-workers describe you as someone filled with enthusiasm and a person who approaches life with optimism, energy and zest?
Do you rarely voice complaints and prefer not to be in the company of whiners? Do you accomplish most of the things that you set out to do while learning from your experiences that are less than successful? Do you exhibit a healthy sense of humor?
Enthusiasm is often infectious and creates an atmosphere in which creative ideas are generated.
Organizations benefit from enthusiastic employees. Teamwork is evident, morale is high, needless complaints are less frequent and corporate identity is shared by employees and group members.
When enthusiastic people enter a room filled with people, they can alter the “chemistry” of the group. This presence creates a catalyst, drawing forth the hidden energy of their companions. Excitement can be felt as they begin to circulate in the crowd. These people may be described as dynamic, full of life and motivational.
Some overenthusiastic people can, however, produce a feeling of fatigue in those with whom they interact on an ongoing basis. The lack of insight into their own fever-pitched behavior may exhaust some of their cohorts. Taken to extremes, they can possess a manic-like characteristic. What can people who are excessively enthusiastic do to keep from becoming a bother to those around them?
They may recognize that enthusiasm taken in healthy doses produces inspiration — but excessive amounts of enthusiasm can be too much of a good thing. They must learn to be sensitive to the situation and know whether the enthusiasm is appropriate to the time, place and person.
If you are around enthusiastic people, try to remember their intentions are probably good. You may wish their tempo was moderated and not overly upbeat while they may feel that you need to be energized and ready for action. Managerial coaching may be necessary to restore a healthy balance to those group members who are too zealous.
To the enthusiastic people of the world, we salute you for your unique contribution to others. We need you most, if not all the time. But if we should feel filled with your gift before you stop giving, please forgive us for saying, “Thank you. That will be enough for now please.”
Harold H. LeCrone, Jr., Ph.D. Copyright © 2010