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Book Of The Week Leadership

Book of the Week – Show Up Positive

Do you often find yourself being the one to calm the waters at your workplace? Deep-rooted conflict is unsustainable in the long term— and so are your efforts to constantly lift your team’s morale. Rita Ernst, Positivity Influencer and founder of Ignite Your Extraordinary, shows you how to break the pattern of negativity in Show Up Positive.

What is your book about?

Are you wondering how the embittered, ruthless, discontented complainers took over your workplace? Rita Ernst has met people and organizations just like you and leveraged her expertise in organizational psychology to craft solutions that break through the hostility and restore pride, teamwork and profits in 3-4 months. She reveals how our brains trap us in depleting cycles of negativity and the path to freedom through intentional practices grounded in mutual values, purpose, and respect.

In Show Up Positive, Rita gives you a behind-the-scenes tour and invites you to join her movement. She explains how your human nature and biological wiring trip you up and decodes the simple steps you can take to retrain your brain. She also shares stories and case studies from her consulting work that demonstrate her approach’s practical but powerful application. Plus, she’s compiled a year’s worth of Show Up Positive acts in a ready-reference guide to inspire and motivate your success in taking back control of your happiness at work.

In her candid yet supportive style, Rita reminds business owners, executives, and team members that you have the power and freedom to create what you want and emboldens you to say yes to yourself.

Topics include:

  1. You are an architect of your workplace culture.
  2. Culture is the experiences created through interactions.
  3. Biology keeps us stuck in negative habits, requiring deliberate action to break the cycle.
  4. You don’t have to wait for others or ask permission. You can start being the co-worker you wish you had and showing others the way forward.

Why should people read it? Who is the book for?

Show Up Positive is for anyone longing for the vibrant, happy, fulfilling team experience they used to know. It’s for any business owner seeing employee morale (and performance metrics) plummet and wanting a sustainable way to engage their whole team in repairing the culture. It’s for everyone who wants to cultivate a rich bank account of authentic positive exchanges with the people in their lives. This way, when inevitable conflicts arise, they have a less harmful impact on the relationship.

Single most important takeaway:

Misery loves company until people grow tired of being miserable.

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Meet the author

Rita Ernst owns Ignite Your Extraordinary, an organizational consulting practice emphasizing the convergence of happiness and productivity to create positive, committed,high-performing organizations. She was a Top Influential Leader of 2022 by TAP-In Magazine. Most Positive Management Consultancy of the Year 2023 – USA in Acquisition International’s Influential Businesswoman Awards. Rita holds an advanced degree in Organizational Psychology from Clemson University. She has appeared as an expert on Forbes and MSNBC. Her professional credits include adjunct professor for graduate and undergraduate classes, publication in national magazines, and featured podcast guest. Show Up Positive, her first book, was released on June 14, 2022. Her first co-authored book, Culture Impact: Strategies to Create World-Changing Workplaces, releases on June 9th of this year.

Breaking patterns is hard. Interested in learning how to feel fulfilled and stepping away from bad cycles? Take a look at Stop the Break by Janet Barrett.

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