What to do when a pessimist is on your team

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What to do when a pessimist is on your team

by gender news on Friday, September 18, 2009 - 10:12am

On September 18, BusinessWeek posted an article, "How to Handle the Pessimist on Your Team - Whatever the source of the pessimism, the key to responding constructively is to focus on the impact of the individual's behavior." Featured in the article was the work of Clayman Institute Faculty Affiliate Roderick Kramer, William R. Kimball Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Before taking action to address negativity, Kramer recommends understanding the cause of the pessimism. "Some people are dispositional pessimists whose knee-jerk reaction is to see the negative in everything, while others may be expressing a pessimistic point of view based upon informed logic," Kramer says.