Category Archive: Optimism

10 Ways to Start Your Day Like a Leader

Peak performance is built on rest. Exhaustion breeds discouragement and fear. I hope you woke up this morning refreshed. 10 ways to start your day like a leader. Take two minutes this morning… Continue reading

Mary Poppins Was Wrong About a Spoonful of Sugar

Mary Poppins was wrong. It takes a truck-load of sugar to sweeten a spoonful of sour. Sour grows and intensifies apart from intervention. Apart from intervention, sour consumes sweetness and moves to its next… Continue reading

Secret Sauce: Daydream Your Way to Success

Negativity is the ability to dream up problems aggravated by the inability to imagine solutions. You might have a leadership position, but you can’t actually lead until you can daydream. Everything is first… Continue reading

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