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Vital Optimism and Communication

I have a running joke with a good friend of mine. He calls me a preacher. I say - I am not a preacher! That is not a positive word in our culture today. I am a Communicator. I communicate on Sunday mornings, in mid-size communities, in small groups, through writing books, blogs and tweets... in large and small ways - I am a communicator. Okay, okay! I am also a preacher. It is a good word and it is a great calling. It is just that the connotations of that word are so bad in our post-Christendom culture. So when I can, I communicate...

But that is not my point for this post. 

Here's my point. I have been listening to quite a few "communicators" in recent weeks. Typically I only listen to communicators when I am driving and have the radio turned on to catch part of the radio preachers. I generally don't watch videos of preaching... but I have been. 

This is still not my point, but I am getting closer to it.

Seven Habits of Optimistic People

hope, faith, peace, loveIt is a fun fact how Seven Habits has become the title of many articles on many subjects. This of course is due to the highly influential book by Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. There isn't anything magical about the number seven, but there is something wonderful and powerful about OPTIMISM. 

The research tells us that optimistic people experience health benefits from their optimism (at least partly due to how they interact with stress and how they avoid negative behaviors that are harmful).

The research literature tells us that Emotional Intelligence, Positivity, Resonance, Relational Connectedness are all vital qualities for creating great work environments. 

Seven Habits of Emotionally Healthy People

This is a very inspiring, simple to understand article on what emotionally healthy people look like. This revolves around the trait of being positive, full of vital optimism, what Daniel Goleman calls resonance.

If there is one leadership change to make this year - this is it.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International




There is Always Hope
Great Leadership Lessons, Note 31 the end of his book, How the Mighty Fall, after he has walked us through the five stages of decline, with the final one being death or capitulation, instead of ending on this EXTREME down point, Collins completely surprises us. His final chapter is Well Founded Hope!

Here is what Collins offers. As Stage Four is working its damage and before Stage Five Capitulation or Death is entered, Collins says there is another option. Hope is possible. But it is not a naive hope. It is not a "hail Mary pass" kind of hope. It must be a well founded hope.

Vital Optimism

I think I first heard the phrase VITAL OPTIMISM when Gordon MacDonald spoke at one of the Leadership  Summits of Living Word Community Church. That phrase has stayed with me ever since. In part - because I am not naturally wired for this. I can easily default to a "Glass is Half Empty" kind of person. It is easy for me to see what is wrong in the world. On the plus side, this is partly since I am a visionary who dreams of things that can be much better than they are. Still . . . Vital Optimism is not my strong suit.

Yet, Vital Optimism is part of the work of creating emotionally healthy workplaces of RESONANCE. Optimism, confidence, encouragement, affirmation, warmth, belief, hope, joy - all this is part of the Vital Optimism Mindset. It is so much better to be around these people and it is so much better for you to be this kind of leader.


. . . is a Sad Way to Live and a Worse Way to Lead!

It is an acronymn that I came across in Joey Reiman's book, The Story of Purpose. It means:


It is a little embarrassing to say that I have been a CAVE man. And I know a few CAVE women as well. The CAVE problem transcends age, gender, nationality, personality, ideology and a host of other things. But for some people the CAVE mentality runs deep.

Critically Against Virtually Everything

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