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(12) Optimism

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As leaders, we should always be scanning the horizon for competitive threats. Yet, when we do find potential disruptions, leaders commonly see it as something happening to us and try to prevent it, rather than seeing change and disruption as an opportunity.

When leaders have a prevention mindset, they ask pessimistic questions like, “How can we stop it?” or “Why is this happening to us?” On the other hand, leaders with a promotion mindset ask more open-ended, growth-oriented questions such as, “How can we use this to differentiate?” or “Can this give us an advantage over a competitor?”

In this video, Peter Sheahan invites you to apply a more optimistic lens to the changes you are facing, because what you believe is possible is likely to manifest itself in reality.


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