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Authenticity is a bit of a buzz term at the moment, and it’s being tagged alongside leadership, corporate culture, brands, products and services, and most certainly discussed in terms of individual behaviour as being authentic or inauthentic. But what does it really mean to have authenticity?
Is being authentic something we ought to care about? If being authentic is desirable, how do we know when we are being authentic? What does it feel like when we are experiencing it … in ourselves and in others? What are the contributing elements that allow us to be authentic? What are the contributing elements that cause us to be inauthentic?
When there is a lack of responsibility and accountability for our actions and our results and the impact of those actions and results on others, we put trust at risk. And, when trust is at risk … everything is at risk.
Realistic Optimism is not practicing the power of positive thinking or repeating positive affirmations. In fact, the research is clear here that making positive statements to yourself has little if any impact over time … especially if you’re lacking in self-esteem.
Motivational gurus often tout from conference stages around the globe that we all need to find our purpose in life. However, that is very misleading and not very helpful from a practical sense, because what we know from evidence-based research is few people find and live their life based on one purpose.
None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes. However, when someone is ‘caught out’ for an intentional deception, that is not a mistake … it was intentional.
A well-intentioned warning for all the pessimists, skeptics and cynics who reckon optimism is fluffy air-headedness. The latest evidence-based research has some really bad news for you.
Understanding that responsibility has to do with actions and accountability has to do with results (and the consequences of those results), is a very practical way of ensuring all stakeholders are aware of who is responsible for getting things done, and who is responsible for the results promised.
Research shows there is a significant difference between an intention to achieve a goal or result and an intention to do the work needed to achieve the goal or result. Psychologists refer to these different intentions as a goal intention and an implementation intention.
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