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How To Create a More Optimistic Workplace

You can’t win well if you’re not optimistic. And one of the most important parts of being a Winning Well leader is inspiring confidence that the scene and results can and will improve–and identifying the vital behaviors to make it so.

Today, I share a video interview with my friend and kindred spirit on the Winning Well journey, Shawn Murphy. Shawn’s book, The Optimistic Workplace, is so completely aligned with Winning Well, that our Kindle version comes with a link to some free chapters of his book.

In this 20 minute interview, Shawn shares a bit about his philosophy as well as practical approaches to making your workplace (or team) more optimistic.

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller

When a workplace is optimistic you…

  • have hope that something good is going to come from your work.
  • have an understanding of the bigger picture, not just the day to day stuff.
  • focus on what’s possible and what’s right.
  • believe you can make an impact.

“My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.” – Henry Rollins

Optimism starts with confidence that a brighter future is possible, and the humility to know that it’s worth the struggle. David and I are grateful for Shawn and others fighting for healthier workplace climates that lead to lasting results.

Your turn. What are your key tips for building optimism at work?
Filed Under:   Energy & Engagement, winning well
 
 
Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt helps leaders around the world achieve breakthrough results, without losing their soul. A former Verizon Wireless executive, she has over two decades of experience in sales, customer service, and HR. She was recently named on Inc's list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers, AMA's 50 Leaders to Watch in 2015, & Top Thought Leader in Trust by Trust Across America. She’s the author of 2 books: Winning Well: A Manager's Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and Overcoming an Imperfect Boss.
 

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Bill holston   |   30 June 2016   |   Reply

Karin, sorry I’ve been awol, very busy. This is such a GREAT question.
in my area this is really hard. We do as you know, free legal services for immigrants. The system is really harsh and despite our very best efforts we sometimes lose cases anyway.

For us it’s about giving someone the best possible chance. I am naturally optimistic, and that serves me well, but we HAVE to be realistic about daunting odds.

Also, we have to take a long range view about change. Think about British Abolitionists that labored and entire lifetime.

thanks for the great question

Karin Hurt   |   03 July 2016   |   Reply

Bill, So great to have you back. You raise a really important point– it strikes me that the optimism in your work comes from knowing the odds and still giving it a passionate effort anyway.