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Navigating the Resources

  1. Read the information below about the trait to develop a greater understanding of your strength/opportunity.
  2. Consider the Stop, Start, Continue examples to create your own actionable change behaviors.
  3. Explore the trait more fully by taking advantage of the weblinks below.

Positive People Orientation

(People Relations)

Positive people orientation refers to the degree to which you hold a positive attitude toward other people. Use the resources below to further understand positive people orientation and how to improve in this area.


 Higher levels of positive people orientation indicate you tend to give others the benefit of the doubt and be supportive of others.


Lower levels of positive people orientation indicate you may be critical of others or suspicious of their motives.


Excessive levels of positive people orientation indicate you may be overly accepting and give blind trust when it is not warranted.

Identify an opportunity area that you would like to change. Then, develop behaviors that you can Stop (unhelpful or limiting behaviors), Start (behaviors that you can begin now), and Continue (behaviors that you already do well) to improve in this area. Use the examples below to help create your own Stop, Start, and Continue behaviors. 

Stop Start Continue
Assuming the worst in others or being suspicious of their motives. Extending the benefit of the doubt before assuming something negative and withhold negative judgments. Building relationships with coworkers.
Noticing the negatives in others Countering each negative thought with a positive fact about the individual. Avoiding office gossip.
Pointing out faults. Giving praise to others and soften critical feedback. Extending your trust to others.