Tag Archives: Optimism

The Joy and Beauty of Each Day

John O’Donohue wrote: “Each day is the field of brightness where the invitation to life unfolds… written into its mystery are the happenings sent to awaken and challenge us.” O’Donohue’s words give great leaders pause to think about this daily … Continue reading

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Lessons from an Exam… the Black Dot

A dear friend recently shared an inspirational video, Exam Lesson, with me suggesting that it may be very worthwhile sharing it with our Three Minute Leadership family given the world in which we are living. Yet something was telling me … Continue reading

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On the Power of Optimism

In their book, The Truth About Leadership, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner suggest that forward-looking ranks second only to honesty as the most admired characteristic of great leaders. They write: “The capacity to imagine and articulate exciting future possibilities is the defining competence of leaders.” It is they who … Continue reading

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The Black Dot

Nikos Kazantzakis wrote: “Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.” How great leaders see their world creates their realities. The story of the “Black Dot” captures this simple truth. “A young professor held up a piece of … Continue reading

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Optimism’s Magic

“An optimist is someone who goes after Moby Dick in a rowboat and takes the tartar sauce with him,” wrote Zig Ziglar. It is that magical power gives great leaders eyes to light the darkness, an expectation of positive outcome, a focus on seeing … Continue reading

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The Joys of Optimism

One of the magnificent choices great leaders have in life is choosing to live as optimists or pessimists – to see the world in its infinite possibilities, or view only its scarcity and short-comings. Winston Churchill, English statesman, told us: … Continue reading

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Three Minute Leadership: Roads Less-Traveled

In Umesh Ramakrishnan’s book, There’s No Elevator to the Top, he speaks to leaders about taking less-traveled roads to enhance the richness and success of their professional career journey.  He cites the story of John Kealey, of iDirect, about taking … Continue reading

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Three Minute Leadership: the Greatest of Changes

Leonard Tolstoy wrote:  “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”  This is not an optimistic view of the human kind, and certainly not the view for those whose journey it is to explore the … Continue reading

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