AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Glass Half Full? Explore Techniques for Putting Optimism to Work as a Management Tool in Difficult Times.
If you missed this excellent program at the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting in Denver, now is the time to give it a listen. Even if you did experience it live, now may be a good time to revisit the concepts presented by Gail Warren and Jean Holcomb about the effects of optimism and pessimism on our working lives and how we manage change.
Far from a Pollyanna take on optimism, Warren and Holcomb discuss how our explanatory styles affect how we receive and cope with challenges both mundane and profound. How we choose to view and approach problem situations determines not only our own outcomes but also our leadership abilities and the anxiety experienced by our followers and can extend even to our physical health. Warren and Holcomb provide strategies and tools for developing more optimistic approaches, and you will find an excellent list of resources in the handouts. In addition, a self-diagnostic helps identify where you fall on the pessimism-optimism spectrum. At just under 55 minutes, this recording is worth a lunchtime listen for inspiration, encouragement, and re-thinking your responses to problems large and small.
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