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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…

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Carl Dierschow

Carl Dierschow is our Small Fish Business Coach in Colorado in the USA. With over 17 years of experience in professional business coaching, he helps clients around the world to build profitable, powerful, sustainable companies. You may want to check out his targeted blogs at and

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