Learned Optimism with Diane Egbers

This episode, Travis Nipper, welcomes back Diane Egbers, CEO and Founder of  Leadership Excelleration and co-author of The Ascending Leader. They discuss Learned Optimism and its importance during the COVID-19 crisis. Travis and Diane dig deep to explore what most leaders experiencing at work right now and the resulting the “brain fog” that has more than half of us struggling to regulate our attention at work. Diane shares some practical steps on how leaders can overcome their own brain fog and guide their teams. She shares a quote with heightened relevance for today from none other than Abraham Lincoln. Diane caps off the chat with a step-by-step process for training your brain to be optimistic and highlights the bottom-line benefits of practicing the mindful strategies.

Diane talks about what leaders are up against as they try to work right now highlighting the data on the inability to maintain attention and the resulting “brain fog” from the anxiety. (3:10)

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What Leaders Need to Know Now: Leading Rapid Change (Part 2)

Diane talks about the goal to stay optimistic shares that sometimes history is our best teacher. She shares a quote from President Abraham Lincoln when he was trying to hold a fractured country together. Diane notes that, we can focus on the death and destruction of the corona virus – that must be mourned and respected – or we can focus on how it unites us as one community and celebrate the very best in our nature that we are seeing and experiencing at this time. (5:20)

Travis asks how a leader can learn to become more optimistic in a time like this. Diane points out that there is no better time – when our team is experiencing volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity we as leaders need to demonstrate the learned optimism is the essence of resilience and a result of daily mindful practices. (8:59)

Diane walks us through how we can teach our brains to achieve learned optimism. (9:59)

The benefits of optimism are great according to Diane. She talks about how it is  a beautiful thing to be the optimistic person in the room who has the emotional energy to connect withand guide others – when we are distracted by fear and worry we are not able to provide the trust, compassion, stability and hope that people need most now to stay connected and to create an environment in Lincoln’s word that empowers “the better angels of our natures. (14:20)


Diane Egbers, CEO/Founder, Leadership Excelleration

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