Category Archive: Optimism

Paranoid Optimism – Courage to Shine a Light into the Darkness

Optimism doesn’t serve you well when it prevents you from acknowledging dark realities. We don’t need leaders spewing blind optimism. It’s better to name the challenge, craft a response, and take action. Successful… Continue reading

How to Think Negative and Still Succeed

Even Eeyore is right sometimes. Overly optimistic leaders: Minimize challenges. Fail to anticipate problems. Throw in the towel when it stays dark too long. Stockdale:  James Stockdale – former P.O.W. – told Jim… Continue reading

Take Control of Your Career or Someone Else Will

I’m doing something I’ve never done! This post is a transcribed comment from a Leadership Freak reader. Back in the mid 90s I worked at one of the larger Nuclear Power stations. I… Continue reading

The 7 Laws of Planning During Turbulence

A five-year plan is a fairy tale in turbulent environments. The best you can do in uncertainty and turbulence is set direction and improvise. Planning is making decisions ahead of time. Last year’s… Continue reading

How to Honor Heart

Leaders typically honor results, but what are you doing to honor heart? Jamie Dimon said the secret of great leadership is humility and heart. Dimon is the CEO of America’s biggest bank, JPMorgan… Continue reading

One Strategy to Pop the Cork on Stress

It’s great to have someone show interest in you. A friend, Richard Croad from New Zealand, just asked about highlights I have experienced over the last couple years. Lot’s of highlights come to mind.… Continue reading