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Three Ways to Positively Win at Work

Posted by Pamela Swift in Teamwork


Article Contributed by Dr. Joey Faucette 

Regardless of who you pulled for in the Super Bowl this past Sunday, you have to admire Peyton Manning. This five-time MVP has recovered from adversity, been criticized and told his passes look like “ducks,” and yet holds numerous records and is humble with a sense of humor.

What are his keys to success?

He prepares for hours on end, watching video of the opposition.

He plays like himself. He doesn’t try to run because he’s slow. He is smart on the field and throws the ball accurately.

He prepares well and plays like himself. Great way to play football…and play to win at work.

Here are 3 Ways to Positively Win at Work:

Prepare and Play: Core Values

If you wait to choose your core values until the pressure of business is breathing down your financial neck like a blitzing linebacker, you’ll get sacked for a loss every time.

What are your guiding principles at work? If you prepare to be honest, or act with integrity, or to highly value your customer relationships, when the heat of doing business goes up, you play like yourself. You react out of your core values which you’ve chosen ahead of time, in practicing moments of quiet each morning. You don’t have to think. You play your core value game.

Prepare and Play: Priorities

Manning analyzes the defense’s set and implements the play with the greatest probability of success, all in a matter of seconds. He’s prepared by studying opponents’ game films and sets his priorities for what to first try on his observations.

What are your priority plays at work? You have a myriad of options daily for how you’ll do business. Your preparation—product development, market assessment, customer feedback, client relationships, etc.—sets your priorities. You know your first and best option, second and better choice, etc. for achieving your business dreams daily. You simply execute the plays.

Prepare and Play: Unique Contribution

Manning is a QB who calls plays quickly and throws accurately. Yet he can’t block for himself. Or, kick field goals. Or, play cornerback. He understands and prepares to fulfill his role on the team.

You have a role to play on your Work Positive team. If you could do it all alone, why would you be on a team? Perhaps you can do anything, but not everything…at least not all at once.

What is your unique contribution on the team? Prepare and play your unique position to the best of your ability. Line up in your space and give it your total effort.

Prepare and play out of your core values expressed in your priorities while making your unique contribution. And watch as you and your team win as you Work Positive!

About the Author

Dr. Joey Faucette is the #1 Amazon best-selling author of Work Positive in a Negative World (Entrepreneur Press), Positive Success coach, & speaker who helps business professionals increase sales with greater productivity so they leave the office earlier to do what they love with those they love. Discover more at



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