Category Archive: Optimism

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

Four Ways to Become a One Word Organization

I’ve been practicing, “One Word,” for three years. It’s a fascinating practice that I learned from Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, and Jimmy Page. “Ask,” is my word for 2016. One word for organizations:… Continue reading

7 Ways Leaders Promote Unhappiness

Unhappiness is easier than happiness like lousy leadership is easier than remarkable.  The best way to promote unhappiness is to neglect happiness. Leaders who neglect happiness lead unhappy teams. 7 ways leaders promote unhappiness: Waste… Continue reading

10 Secrets to Changing Trajectory Today

Sometimes you compare where you are with where you want to be and feel defeated. Other times, it feels like your feet are tangled in the sheets. When dreams are big, progress feels… Continue reading

4 Steps Toward Optimism

Low-energy organizations stumble over pessimistic leaders. Making a difference feels like swimming with rocks in your pockets. Pessimism is a lifeless struggle toward oblivion. Necessary negatives: “Shoe drop” leadership is necessary. Even in… Continue reading