You get to chose the side!
I run into many people who get hung up on all the challenges they’re facing. Big competitors. Annoying customers. Employee turnover.
But here’s the thing: EVERYTHING has a good side and a bad side.
Often they’re two sides of the same coin. For instance, the loss of a good employee can mean the opportunity to find someone who’s a superstar.
Yes, your job as the leader is to see both sides. But that doesn’t mean you have to fixate too much on one or the other.
For myself, I find it very useful to lean towards optimism. “Leaning toward” is a matter of choice, and I notice when I swing too far away from that.
And it makes a powerful difference. To me, to partners, to employees, to customers.
What does “leaning toward optimism” look like? I have some mantras:
- Everybody is just doing the best they can with the information and resources at hand.
- We’re smart, we can figure this out.
- People are more productive and motivated when they’re having some fun.
- Everybody needs positive reinforcement, even me.
Does it always work? Of course not.
But if it helps 95% of the time, that’s pretty darned good.
I blog regularly on this topic on a site called The Values Based Business. If you find this article interesting…