When hope is based on real-world experience, knowledge and tangible and intangible data, it results in trust, which is necessary to implementing any strategy. Without faith in the people, processes and technologies involved, how can we achieve anything? Hope recognizes the reality that failure happens, success is not assured, the laws of physics don’t change and prudence is needed to discern when to persevere — and when to pivot. Hope doesn’t demarcate a linear path, but it does guide us through twists and turns. Hope views the glass as half full, not half empty. Hope supports realistic optimism, a necessary component of success.
This is a high bar… but what a great way to end the week. I would suggest you keep this article around and use it as a measure from time to time as you work on getting closer… and staying closer to this ideal place in your work.
I’d love your comments on this article, “8 Signs You’ve Found Your Life’s Work”
What are your experiences with getting there, and, staying there?
For certain emotions — particularly happiness and anger — only a few hours of strengths usage are needed to maximize one’s chance of having a good day. By contrast, stress and worry decrease, and respect increases with each additional hour of reported strengths usage. For each of these emotional experiences, every additional hour of strengths usage adds as much benefit as the first hour. One reason why these emotions – stress, worry, and respect — differ from some of the others may be that laughter and anger tend to be fleeting, momentary experiences. By comparison, respect is an attitude that forms over time.
Here’s an article from the Gallup organization about their extensive research on using strengths, and the powerful effect this can have on how you experience your day.
Are you using your strengths every day? If not, why not?
Do you know what your strengths really are? If not, how can you assess them?
How can you make a change, no matter how small, that will get more of your strengths into use this week?
Leaders, here’s a wonderful issue of Warren Bennis’s “Leadership Excellence” with articles by David Cooperrider, Richard Boyatzis , Chris Lazlo, just to name just a few. Also, there’s an article by none other than our own president, Barack Obama, called “Built to last: Renew Our Leadership.”
While I have not had an opportunity to hear all of these folks speak in person, I did meet and hear Dr. Richard Boyatzis when I presented along with him last week at the Cleveland Clinic’s “Women in Healthcare Forum” and he was wonderful! (Enjoy!)
The job of any physician is part empathic and part problem solving. This constitutes an inherent trade-off in medicine because the human brain does not have infinite computational resources or time to perform both tasks equally well. One must be caring while also figuring out a proper diagnosis, prognosis and treatment, often under conditions of uncertainty.
Physicians-What do you think of this article from Scientific American?