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June 14, 2009

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Jim Belfiore

Nice article, Drew. Unfortunately, I have to disagree with you a bit here.

I certainly do agree that morale and attitude have a direct impact on creativity, innovation, job performance, and a whole host of related metrics.

Hope, however, is a weak lever at best.

It's actually ironic you bring this topic up now, I just published an article in which I state that "Hope is a four-letter word" - we must have gotten the same writing assignment memo from the union muse. ;-)

(You can read my article here: http://bit.ly/qgwoM )

Hope implies a surrendering of control. "I hope my situation improves" casts fate to the winds, no matter what the scenario. I would go so far as to claim that you cannot have hope and empowerment together in the same action. You are either resolved to lead, or be led. You may arrive at the same place at the end of the journey, but only one path with teach you what you need to continue.

Drew Boyd

Jim, thanks for the comments as usual. 'Always like hearing from you. I enjoyed your post about this topic as well.

The type of hope you refer to is one of the five modes of hope. "Casting fate to the wind" sounds like the form of hope called "Patient Hope." You are hoping for the best in a general sense without any plan or objective in mind. I agree with you...this would be a weak lever of innovation.

The type of hope I think is most useful is called "Estimative Hope." This is when people feel empowered and have a realistic sense of the odds for achieving their goals. This would be a much stronger lever in my view.

I didn't realize the complexities involved with the concept of hope. I plan to do more reading about it.

(Apologies for the slow posting of your comment, Jim).

Jim Belfiore

Since our discussion here in June, we've not only had a chance to meet in person, but I recently revisited this topic in a dedicated article that you might find of interest.

Great to finally have met last month in Boston, BTW.


http://andromeda-30.blogspot.com/2009/10/hope-is-four-letter-word.html

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