Category Archive: Optimism

4 Ways to Make the Past a Platform – Not an Anchor

Memory predicts the future. You are becoming, to some degree, the person you remember. Character and potential are formed, in large part, through rehearsed memories.  Successful leaders make the past a platform, not an… Continue reading

4 Things To Do About Stuff That Drives You Crazy

Leaders go blind when they see things that drive them crazy. 10 things that drive leaders crazy: Whining and complaining. Intervening because some knucklehead upset the office. Naysayers and wet blankets. Can’t-do people… Continue reading

Managing the Second Thing

Obstacles make leaders relevant. Exemption is not an option. Positive thinking never eliminates obstacles. Doing great work doesn’t give you a pass on challenges, resistance, frustrations, complications, disadvantages, impediments, or hurdles. Obstacles are two… Continue reading

7 Ways to Look the Beast in the Eye

Optimism is foolish when it makes light of challenges. A little overconfidence inspires courage, but swagger goes wrong when it makes light of hairy beasts. Go ahead and overestimate your strengths a little,… Continue reading

3 Surprising Ways to Get the Most from Screw Ups

The purpose of reflecting on past performance is improvement, not beating yourself up. My insides shrivel when I think about dumb things I’ve said and done. It happened recently during a Q&A session… Continue reading

Pessimists Can’t Lead: 7 Ways to Find Optimism

Don’t imagine you energize others by reminding them they fall short. Negative leaders bring up opportunities in ways that make people feel like losers. “You should have been doing this all along.”  Pessimists suggest there’s… Continue reading