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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Leaders Provide a Positive Vision of the Future

Stressed out? Here's what leaders do. - The Job Doc Blog -

Stressed out? Here's what leaders Paul Hellman March 30, 2012

Most stress is about change, whether good or bad. Losing your job is stressful, but so is an "outstanding personal achievement".
When work changes, leaders illuminate the future. They offer hope.

Thomas Watson, founder of IBM, was once asked when he knew IBM would become a colossus. "The first day," he said.  "I had a very clear picture," Watson said, "of what the company would look like when it was finally done."I realized that for IBM to become a great company it would have to act like a great company long before it ever became one"
("The E-Myth Revisited," Michael Gerber).

Psychologist Martin Seligman says you can usually predict the outcome of a U.S. presidential election by which candidate is most optimistic 
("Learned Optimism").

A classic case, Reagan vs. Carter in 1980.

President Carter spoke about a "crisis of confidence" in a speech to the nation. "This is not a message of reassurance," he said.
 Reagan radiated optimism. "It's morning again in America!" was one of his ad campaigns.

Tip: Leaders acknowledge the current state of affairs, then provide the Vision for a better one.