Category Archive: Optimism

Secret Sauce: Jenny Dearborn Chief Learning Officer of SAP

I asked Jenny Dearborn, SVP and Chief Learning Officer of SAP, to talk about her secret sauce* – the principles and practices that guide her leadership. “It’s my deepest responsibility to give purpose,… Continue reading

50% of Your Emotional Vocabulary is Negative

It’s easy to slip into the dark while grappling with performance issues and people problems. Nagging problems corrode optimism. Capacity for negative: Leaders have opportunity and capacity to become negative. Some have inclination.… Continue reading

7 Profound Benefits of Navigating Storms

There will come a time when things get worse, even when you try to make them better. Optimism is an attitude toward storms, not exemption from them. Don’t be startled when skies grow… Continue reading

The Five Components of Negative Leadership

Paychecks buy compliance, but no one is energized by negative leadership. Uncertainty and insecurity give birth to some of the most negative aspects of leadership. You end up with toxicity when you stir… Continue reading

You Find What You Look For

Pessimists think optimists are monkeys catching elephants in a trapeze act without a net. Dark leadership: You never get ahead by burying your head in the sand. You earn leadership opportunities by confronting tough… Continue reading

Pessimists are Almost Right

Pessimistic leaders are almost right. They say, “I’m not a pessimist. I’m a realist.” Research shows that those who tip slightly toward pessimism have the clearest view of reality.* Optimists overestimate a bright… Continue reading