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Part 1- Introduction and Attitude

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Chris Maddison

on 19 October 2014

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Transcript of Part 1- Introduction and Attitude

Working with Attitude
Office Romance
A good job is like a good relationship.
It is mutually beneficial and supportive
The first date can be scary.
There are great jobs out there that will suit you
It takes a great deal of effort to find and maintain a good job/relationship, but it is worth it.
Each date prepares you for the next date.
Even bad dates can lead to good dates, as long as you are respectful.

Ice breaker
Say three things about yourself, with two of them being false and one being true.
Today's Program
1. Our background and experience in helping people find work.
2.Why today's program is important

It is what others often see and judge us on.
Attitude guides our behaviours and feelings
Your attitude is your choice
How we judge people, events and things.
Consider the following example. Three people are waiting at a bus stop. They see the bus
approaching, hail the bus and the bus just drives straight past without stopping. The first person in
line begins to jump up and down waving her fists in the air and shouting: She seems angry. The
second person in line bursts into tears, appearing distressed. The third person in line begins to laugh
very heartily, seeming amused. Now, the same thing happened to all of them, yet there were three
different reactions. Clearly, it is not the event that caused the reactions. So what was it? To know
why each person reacted as they did, we have to know what they were thinking. It turns out that the
first person was thinking to herself, "How dare the driver go right past! I'm going to be late for an
important meeting." Hence, she feels angry. The second person woke up feeling a bit blue that
morning. When the bus goes past he thinks, "Oh no. Nothing is going to go right today, I feel so
miserable." The third person thinks, "Hooray! The next bus is not for half an hour. I have a
completely legitimate excuse to be late. I think I'll go have a cup of coffee."
“Now I work, my family takes me more serious. I help to pay the rent and the food. I think it is normal to work. All my friends have a job. I like going to the club.” Jamie-Lynn
Quotes from the newly employed
“I’m not so worried anymore. I’m proud to my friends. My job boosted my morale. I’m looking at life from the sunny side. I can buy more stuff than when I was unemployed.” Crystal
“I can now afford to go out and have money to buy the things I want. Now I’m out all day. I look forward to going home in the evening and relaxing whereas before I worked, I stayed at home most of the day which could be boring.” Jayson
“At home things are better now. I still have the same friends, but I became more confident and less reserved. I can buy more things with what I earn now. For example, I can buy the best equipment for my hobby: the computer.” Blake
What is your attitude right now?
Have you ever defeated yourself by your own attitude?
Have you ever not tried as hard as you could in an interview because you doubted yourself?
Have you ever become so angry that it has cost you?
Working With Attitude
Thinking Your Way to Success
Avoidance Behaviours
1. Our attitude towards people in general can be
Activity 2: Choosing your attitude
You have just received an email telling you that you were unsuccessful for the job you really wanted. You are about to go into an interview for a different job.
1. If you let the situation determine your attitude what would it be?
2. How might that attitude affect your behaviour?
3. If you decided what attitude you have, what attitude would you choose?
4. What would be the consequences of thinking and feeling differently to the situation?
Activity 1
Interviewing with attitude
Using your Attitude to keep going.
Activity 5:
Utilizing our own motivation

The importance of goals
Clear direction
1. Break into groups of three. Decide on the interviewer, enthusiastic and unenthusiastic.
2. Spend five minutes working out how you are going to role play.
3. Perform the interviews
4. As a group identify what showed positive or negative attitude.

Activity 1
Phase 1
1. Form groups of 3-4.
2. Each person thinks of the perfect job for him/her but does not tell the team what this job is.
3. Each person circles 6 job attributes that have something to do with their perfect job.
4. Blank squares are provided for aspects of the job not covered already covered.
5. Then rank those attributes from 1 to 6 on how important they are.
6. Spin a pen to select someone to start.
7. The others have to guess what this perfect job would be from these 6 job attributes.
8. The selected person only reveals their perfect job after everyone has had a discussion and made a guess at the answer.

Phase 2
Now write a career path towards this perfect job. This should have at least three steps in it.

e.g. Owning a mechanics business
1. Gain apprenticeship
2. Complete apprenticeship
3. Work for a business as a mechanic
4. Start own business.

What are the top three things you are currently doing towards step 1?

Phase 4.
Convene the team and discuss:
a. How useful has that activity been?
b. Has your level of motivation changed with this exercise?
c.. Does hearing other people’s goals inspire you?

Phase 3
Helpful Thoughts
Unhelpful Thoughts
Our thoughts are shaped by previous experiences
We can get stuck thinking of the worst possibilities
Our thoughts are not always right or helpful
Thoughts are just thoughts and do not control you
Helpful thoughts are
goal orientated
consistent with our values
"I'm not good enough" Story
There are a range of "I'm not good enough stories". We all have them.
Happy people have these stories too,
but they don't give these stories power and have more good stories about themselves.
I don't even know why I'm saying this in an interview situation, but I always feel like I'm not good enough for some reason. I wish that wasn't the case, but left to my own devices, that voice starts speaking up.

Everyone has this story
Cognitive distortions
Paying Attention to the Right Thoughts
Just as we choose what we pay attention to around us, we also have the power to choose what thoughts to listen to.

The way we see the world is based on our experiences
We can change our experiences and change how we see the world.
Activity 4.
Helpful Vs Unhelpful thoughts

Situation 1
You spend a time on preparing for an interview. The interview goes really well. However, you don’t get the job.

List helpful and unhelpful thoughts.

Activity 3

Please draw a line from the negative thought category to the corresponding thought.

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