A friend phoned me the other day to say he'd been the butt of some unkind office jokes and remarks about his friendship with his female boss. He said he genuinely likes her and their families occasionally socialize together. He also feels his boss can help advance his career, so he's encouraged the relationship. However, his co-workers seem to feel he's playing politics. He said he'd like to know how to maintain his present relationship without appearing too political.
We've all heard the numbers: Consumer confidence is down, retail sales are down. And for many of us, the markets we serve are down, as well. There is an important relationship to note here. Confidence - an attitude - is down, so sales are down. When confidence is up, sales follow. The principle at work here is this: . The relationship between actions and attitudes is so close, that the two go hand-in-hand, and our actions can be seen as outward expressions of our attitudes.