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Blaze a brighter path

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We’re in a deep recession in which the most effective leaders jolt people out of their anxiety and torpor. To motivate your team to cast aside its woe-is-me attitude, quote Washington Irving’s line, “Little minds are subdued by misfortunes but great minds rise above them.”

But don’t pretend to know when the economy will bounce back for good. Express optimism without committing to a timetable for recovery. Heed scientist Freeman Dyson’s comment, “The purpose of thinking about the future is not to predict it but to raise people’s hopes.”


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