BAD ATTITUDE: CHANGE THE FLAT TYRE OR
TREK FOR ETERNITY

“Bad
attitude is like a flat tyre, you have to change it if you want to move
forward” – Kenechukwu Ewelukwa.
Introduction
On
Thursdays mornings in Sterling Bank, we usually have our short in-house
training sessions from quarter past 7 (7:15am) to 8:00am before we open to
customers at the top of the 8:00 hour. The Knowledge Sharing Session (KSS) as
it is tagged is held to ensure that the staff of our great institution are
trained in the most conducive and receptive atmosphere ever, the KSS is headed
by someone in the branch who is otherwise referred to as the “Learning Champion”; this person is
saddled with the responsibility of creating a schedule of presenters, arm them
with the topic of discourse and materials which are in most cases sent from the
Human Resources Department of the Bank prior to the day of KSS.

In
consequence, on Thursday, 25th of March, it was another opportunity
for me to learn something new- something fresh and crisp. I sat in my usual
corner, giving undivided attention to Fola (the Learning Champion in my branch)
as he stated that, “the topic we would be
discussing today is attitude and Evelyn would be presenting it, please can we
all give her a round of applause has she steps forward
?” He delivered in an
eloquent voice.

Onwaniban
(as she is fondly called) did justice to the topic and I was very impressed
with her oratory skills and exploratory body language, she took us above board
and she explained in personalized terms why good attitude is one of the reasons
why God’s blessings and mercies continue to shower on every one of his
subjects. I learnt a lot from the presentation and this is the sole reason I
decided to extensively research what attitude entails, the necessity of good
attitude and the reason why we should all be vanguards of enviable characters.
Please come with me.

Attitude Defined
The Encarta Encyclopaedia defines
attitude as “the relatively enduring belief or opinion that predispose people
to respond in a positive, negative, or ambivalent way to a person, object, or
idea.” Alternatively, in a lighter and less complicated sentence, the Encarta
dictionary simply states that attitude is “a personal view of something; an opinion
or general feeling about something”

Similarly,
Wikipedia states that, “An attitude can be a positive or negative evaluation of
people, objects, events, activities, and ideas.” In my own opinion, I believe
that an attitude is simply your belief and reaction towards something or
somebody. In an online publication titled; “Attitudes and Behavior”, the structure of attitude also known as
the ABC model of attitude was given.
Ø Affective component:
this involves a person’s feelings / emotions about the attitude object. For
example: “I am scared of spiders”.
Ø Behavioural component:
the way the attitude we have influences how we act or behave. For example: “I will avoid spiders and scream if I see one”.
Ø Cognitive component:
this involves a person’s belief / knowledge about an attitude object. For
example: “I believe spiders are dangerous”.

Functions of Attitude (Daniel Katz
(1960))
v Knowledge:
Attitudes provide meaning (knowledge) for life. 
The knowledge function refers to our need for a world which is
consistent and relatively stable.  This
allows us to predict what is likely to happen, and so gives us a sense of
control.
v Self
/ Ego-expressive: The attitudes we express help communicate who we are and may
make us feel good because we have asserted our identity.  Self-expression of attitudes can be
non-verbal too: think bumper sticker, cap, or T-shirt slogan.
v Adaptive:
If a person holds and/or expresses socially acceptable attitudes, other people
will reward them with approval and social acceptance.
v The
ego-defensive function refers to holding attitudes that protect our self-esteem
or that justify actions that make us feel guilty.

The
previous paragraphs were dedicated to give my readers an insight of what
attitude generally entails but the main reason for putting this piece together
would be defeated if I do not discuss the importance of exhibiting positive
attitude towards everything we do in life. It would also interest you to note
that one of the reasons the topic was offered by the Human Resources Department
is to educate staff on the general importance of good attitude and elucidate on
its overall advantages. They are discussed in subsequent paragraphs.
ü Positive
Attitude brings positive results- Without sounding far-fetched; I believe
everyone reading this prodigious but entertaining piece would agree with the
point that positive attitude brings about positive results. Our success in
everything we engage in is greatly influenced by the attitude we abhor towards
that particular thing.
ü Positive
attitude develops team spirit- It is another valid point that can never be
over-emphasized. Positive attitude exhibited by a group of people towards a
particular goal would ensure the rapid actualization of the set goals and
objectives.
ü Positive
attitude fosters innovation- This is another valid and important point because
when you have a positive mindset towards a task or target, you automatically
begin to think of how best to achieve and reach your set goals in the fastest
possible way in the shortest possible time.  

Conclusion
Attitude
is a branch of social psychology that deals with how our mind generate
information from the data we have imputed in it in form of our beliefs,
opinions, views and understanding at about a particular subject or object.  The truth is that the importance of positive
attitude is inexhaustible and it advantages can never be over-emphasized. The
saying that “attitude is everything” in life further authenticates it importance
and if every one of the seven alphabets that make up the word A-T-T-I-D-U-D-E
are represented in the numbers then we will have 100. A warm hello to everyone
reading this salmon, positive attitude is a necessity because;

“Attitude
is everything, attitude is naira and kobo” – Uchechi Okafor.

God bless Us All
Olusanya, Oluwole Sheriff
Oluwole Olusanya
Oluwole Olusanya is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of one of the fastest-growing lifestyle and entertainment website in the country. He is a banker, writer, blogger, public affairs analyst and a tax consultant. He anchors Trending Topics on SHEFFA where he shares his thoughts and opinions on trending issues. He is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of South Wales, Wales, United Kingdom. He has diplomas in Banking and Finance, Investigative Journalism, Creative Writing, and Linguistics from Lagos State Polytechnic, Isolo, Lagos, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland and The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.