"For myself, I am an optimist -- it does not seem to be much use
being anything else."
-- Winston Churchill
Remember Eeyore, the gloomy donkey in the Winnie the Pooh stories, who always saw only the negative side of affairs? There was no silver lining to the clouds over his head, no possible good outcome from any venture. "I shouldn't be surprised if it hailed a good deal tomorrow," Eeyore observed. "Blizzards and what-not.

Being fine today doesn't Mean Anything." Eeyore would not have been a good member, much less leader, of a creative group. He was a small black hole, sucking in the energy of those around him as he plodded toward (and created) a bleak future.

Passion and enthusiasm thrive in an atmosphere of optimism and confidence in the future (Leonard & Swap, 1999, p. 191-192).

Reference: Leonard, D. & Swap, L. (1999). When sparks fly: Igniting creativity in groups. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

Provided by Beth Flynn at Ohio State University Leadership Center who can be reached at flynn.61@osu.edu.The above book is available on loan from the Ohio State University Leadership Center. A complete listing of all the Leadership Center's resources is available on their website at http://leadershipcenter.osu.edu/.
It's a New Year!

No time for Eeyore in your life.

Passion and enthusiasm will have you accomplishing what is truly important.

What projects are you ready to shower with your passion and enthusiasm?

Keep track of how differently you and those around you feel when you are coming from this place of passion and enthusiasm -- observe, journal, share with your coach.

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