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Stuck in Fear Gear

Posted Posted in Grows, Leading

It’s easy to see people–in your clan, company, community, and country–stuck in fear gear. Your first job here, good leader, is to show yourself that fear gear is neither necessary nor helpful. It is helpful to feel and acknowledge fear when it happens. But we can’t stay there. Realistic optimism always works better. Now, share […]

Nucleation 

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Just as a single fleck dropped into a supersaturated solution creates awesome results, it takes just a spark of optimism to turn everyone toward possibility, progress, and profound success. Be that spark, leader.   In your corner, Mike   Today’s photo credit: Subash BGK cc

Irresponsible Optimism

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Is it irresponsible optimism to say, “Yes, I acknowledge the obstacles. We are going to succeed nonetheless.”? Perhaps. And it is the only way anything meaningful ever happens.   In your corner, Mike PS: Nothing is inevitable unless we say so. PPS: Does saying so guarantee it will happen? Nope. Not saying so pretty much guarantees it […]

Assume It Is

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Fear that a problem is too big, too horrible, too far gone, or otherwise unsolvable is a wholly insufficient starting point for those who are about to solve it. Pessimism is a delay tactic. Assume the problem (any problem from your child’s habit of forgetting his homework to your next year’s budget to the economy […]