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.