I just finished working on a conference with a tech startup. As is usually the case, we had lofty goals, limited budget, and not nearly enough time. Thanks in part to a series of extremely long days, the team pulled off a great event.

What was most remarkable about the experience for me was how upbeat everybody remained despite the long hours and intense pressure. I’ve seen teams crumble in misery under similar circumstances, but there was no misery here.

Why? The company is run by a leader who exudes positive energy. That energy is infectious. It’s hard to stay grumpy when the air is filled with encouragement, appreciation and laughs.

Positive energy: it’s free, effective, and contagious. I recommend it to anyone who works, plays, or lives with other human beings.

Disclaimer: I’m not always a bundle of positive energy, but I’m positively working on it!