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.

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Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders resolve workplace ambiguity and chaos, so that they can drive innovation, productivity and revenue without burning out employees. She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager's Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells - building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

3 Comments

  1. 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

    • 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.

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