Building Optimism for you and your Teams Apr 21

phil crenigan  
I recently attended a CPA event with Dr Bob  Murray and Dr Alicia Fortinberry , worldwide authorities in leadership, change and positive psychology.  They assert , through research that the most important factors for organisations and individuals are not ability and motivation but an optimistic outlook. Leaders and employees who realistically expect to succeed probably will. People with the same ability and motivation who do not see positive possibilities , probably will not.  We are discovering the impact of the happiness  brain chemical “ dopamine “   and research indicates that we do not learn from our mistakes , but from our successes. Emphasizing past failures only leads us to repeat them. Dopamine as a brain chemical when released, enables the brain to work smarter, more flexibly and more collegially and allows us to learn new behaviours. The characteristics of Optimistic Organisations are 
1 Purpose . Having a sense of social purpose beyond just profit 
2 Autonomy. Empowering people to feel more in control of their work life
3 Collegiality. Building supportive, collaborative relationships
4 Trust .   Clear demonstration of concern , commonality, communication, competence and consistency
5 Strengths. Creating a culture of praise that reinforces a positive outlook for success .
I had the sense that much of this thinking has been touched on by other sources , for example Gallup and their work in engagement . However, interesting facts that emerged were, 
Many leaders are pessimistic  
1 in 3 employees go through some form of clinical depression 
The rate of depression is doubling every 20 years 
Work stress , the major cause of depression will increase by over 70 % during the next decade….all of which is pretty depressing !! So its going to get worse. . 
The good news, OPTIMISM CAN BE RELEARNED . If anyone would like to hear more about the principles , which are linked to brain research  , please contact me . It all makes good common sense, which of course  is not common. 

Philip Crenigan 

Comments: 2

Yes I concur with this 100% Cheers and thanks for an interesting article kevin
kevin lindsay  |  April 22, 2010
If you ever get to bottle Dopamine put me down for a crate! As you say most of its common sense so why do Coys/Managers constantly miss out on,what should be,the obvious?
malcolm wych  |  May 10, 2010
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