Category Archive: Optimism

4 Ways to Win Over Negative Team Members

#1. Don’t minimize the concerns of negative people. When you say, “It’s not that bad,” to someone who thinks it’s bad, they think that you don’t get it. You’re out of touch. They’ll… Continue reading

How to Stop Obsessing Over Negatives and Become a Positive Leader

Like a drop of poison in a glass of water, one problem has the power to pollute everything. It’s natural to obsess over one bad thing and forget many good things. Successful leaders… Continue reading

Donald Trump – The Declaration and Real Leadership

Anger motivates change. Donald Trump isn’t the first President who formed a coalition driven by discontent and frustration. The U.S. was born in discontent. Destruction: The U.S. Declaration of Independence expresses aspirational anger.… Continue reading

5 Ways to Solve the Dung Fly Problem

Teams and organizations always have a few members who leave smelly droppings everywhere they go and wonder why everything stinks. Sometimes it’s leaders. Dung fly leaders: #1. Kill momentum by bringing up distracting… Continue reading

The Puzzle without the Cover

Leading is like working on a puzzle without the cover. In turbulent times, throw three puzzles in the same pile. In crisis, hide the edges. Certainty about the future is illusion. At best,… Continue reading

Four Ways to Deal with Negativity in a Positive Way

I’m a no nonsense farm boy originally from a dairy farm in Central Maine. We’re not impressed with positivity. I recently reconnected with my friend Jon Gordon (Mr. Positive Leadership). I’ve been skeptical… Continue reading