Business Leadership For Uncertain Times

Business Leadership For Uncertain Times





Delusional Optimism

In his 2011 book, “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, points out the difference between good and bad optimism in leaders. The bad optimistic leaders are those who are delusionally optimistic in their decision-making and the good optimistic leaders are those who are delusionally optimistic in their actions.

The delusional decision makers do not fair well, nor do their companies. Delusional optimism in decision-making often results in the failure to heed good advice and then make choices and decisions that are not sound, resulting in a significant waste of time, money, resources, including people, and ultimately opportunity. However, the delusional optimist implementers, those who have made sound decisions based on research and judgment, heeding the council of trusted others, and who implement their plans with unshakeable optimism, more often find a way to be successful. Delusional optimism in implementation is the key to pushing through doubt, which in tough times can be a significant barrier to success and the key to emboldening others to join the optimism train.

If you have made a sound decision to hire for the next year then today is the time to get hiring. Start advertising right now. Look for candidates who are willing to join you in your optimism. That does not mean they all need to be over-the-top enthusiasts, it just means they should be open and willing to optimistically implement your plans.

How can you leverage your good delusional optimism? If you have taken the right steps to get to your sound decision, completed your decision-making due diligence, received and heeded advice, even if you do not follow all of the advice, then do not let obstacles stop you or even slow you down. Get your team, customers, clients and community excited about your optimism in your ability to build a successful business in the new year. Nothing speaks more to optimism then saying “we are ready to grow our business.” If this is a sound decision, advertise your optimism loudly. Yes, you may be inundated with applications, but the perception of optimism can also lift others around you. Energy creates energy and positive energy creates positive energy. Create positive energy by leading your employees and your community into the new year with good delusional optimism.

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Tara Orchard was trained as a psychologist, and has coached and consulted with thousands of individuals and hundreds of small/medium-sized businesses. Understanding people is at the core of what she does and she is employing a recruiting process that incorporates psychology to facilitate effective hiring decisions. Her focus includes assessment, analysis, strategy and change management and employee development within the career actualization and talent acquisition and management fields. She is also working on a book about the psychology of social media network engagement.




About the author

Tara Orchard

Tara Orchard is a coach, trainer, consultant and writer who applies her insights into people and Masters training in psychology to facilitate performance improvements, relationships and communication for people and businesses. She has worked with organizations to deliver clarity on culture and brand, develop their people and manage relationships with social network communities.  Over the past 18 years she has consulted with 1000's of people who want to make effective transitions in their lives. Tara has a knack for hearing what people are thinking and helping them see what they need to see. She is the founder of her own career and social network coaching business, works with several other organizations as a coach and consultant and is about to complete her first book on the "psychology of effective social networking". Tara invites you to connect with her on LinkedIn .