Many of you who I have worked with know I am highly influenced by positive psychology, appreciative inquiry, and NLP in my change and coaching work. As a change agent, I really believe in the power of language in particular creating preferred futures. Words matter. As do stories…
Which is why I am super excited to be part of the team launching The Bright Spot. It’s an initiative designed to turn the talk of doom and gloom around and celebrate those Bright Spots in business and industry.
Below are the four principles of The Bright Spot — and a call to arms for potential Bright Spotters!
What do you think?
Principles of The Bright Spot
1) If you don’t like something, do something about it.
Quit moaning. If you don’t like your job or business conditions, do something about it. Any action in a positive direction, is better than the bitching and moaning. We’re all about pulling out the compass, finding that right direction, and setting off on the journey to get there.
2) Small stories can create big change
In complex adaptive systems (aka our economy), the principle of non-linearity is pretty important. It refers to behaviour that is random and unpredictable. This means that small changes can have big impacts, often surprising. It also means that big changes may create little effect. Behaviour does not follow a predictable cause and effect pattern. We argue that if enough of us share small stories of positive industry and business experience we can turn the talk of doom and gloom around.
3) Our mindset creates our performance
Turns out all those positive thinking quotes on your desk calendar were right. Researchers in fields from neuroscience to quantum physics are consistently proving that our brains are the most powerful tool we have in determining our success. If you chose to focus on positive examples of performance, you will start thinking in ways which create better performance. Basically, you’re rewiring your brain to be more successful.
4) Pragmatic Optimism
It’s all about keeping it real, we focus on positivity and optimism, and the creative potential of conversations. But it’s about real performance not aspirational ideals and Pollyanna theories. We don’t deny times are challenging, but we value a positive and pragmatic approach to problem solving
Do you want to be part of The Bright Spot Revolution?
Be part of our community of Bright Spotters! A cadre of change champions, content curators and citizen journalists! There’s three ways:
1) Want to host a Bright Spot Meetup in your city? Get in touch, we’ll help you make it happen.
2) Found an example of a Bright Spot? Tweet it with the hashtag #brightspot
3) We’re looking for online submissions of case studies that shine on The Bright Spots. Use the questions below to gather a story from some-one who you know who is smashing it in their industry. Submit the story and we’ll post it to the site with a byline and link to your preferred online identity (twitter / linkedin / facebook / posterous / website etc)
Questions for the Bright Spot Cases
- Tell us a little about the history of your business
- What is it now (how many employees, location, sector focused, core products and services)
- What are the challenges that those in your industry are facing?
- How have you addressed those challenges with your business?
- What do you do, that other businesses don’t?
- What are the lessons from your success that you think that any business could apply
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