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Optimistic Thinking and Being a Realist - part 3
It's not in your genes: it's learned

I put in the bit about being a realist because there is the generally held notion that optimistic thinking is about rose tinted spectacles and always looking on the bright side.....(there's a song in the making there!)
That's not what this is about. If you missed the last two parts you can take a look here: Part 1; Part 2.

The whole concept relates to how you think about events when they do go your way and when they don't. The first piece looked at how you can think about the time span events cover i.e. whether or not you think the latest outcome has any bearing on what will happen in future; the second at how pervasive your thoughts about the latest outcome are i.e. whether or not you think what happened says anything more generally about you. This final piece looks at when it's useful to personalise an outcome and when it's not.

This clip is the final part of an interview with Nick Barber who is a successful independent financial advisor. He scored highly on a simple test of optimistic thinking style and here we attempt to draw out some of the principles of this style.

Again using the model of tennis stars and how they reflect back on those top matches they've won or lost, you will hear most of the greats look outside themselves when they have lost, and look inside when they've won. So when they have lost they will probably talk a lot about how well their opponent played. When they have won they will reflect on how well they themselves  played.

This is not to deny your responsibility for your performance when it's not gone well, just to recognise that there are always external factors you can't control and to direct your thinking there - until you are ready to get to grips with changing anything you can about your performance in the future.

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Foreign Accents Have Less Credibility
When I worked in European teams within the pharmaceutical industry I often wondered about this. I listened to presentations in English to mainly English audiences and wondered whether the impact would have been greater if delivered by a native English speaker instead of e.g. my Spanish colleague.

There was no prejudice - it was purely a linguistic wondering!

Well this piece of research -  very simple statements read out in different accents were scored for credibility - does seem to suggest that foreign accents can be perceived as less credible.  So what does that mean when a pan-European marketing team presents to an Anglo-American board?!

I just wonder what would have been the results if they had included Australian or Canadian accents.
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What Can You Learn From A Candidate's Facebook Profile? 
t seems you may learn  simply how they present themselves on Facebook! This may have nothing to do with the important personality traits you think it reflects.

So for example, you may be very worried about someone posting wild drinking sessions; what might this mean for their commitment to be at their desk each morning? These postings do not appear to relate closely to the personality trait of conscientiousness - indeed the researchers say that the association between online behaviour and personality is very limited. However still they warn candidates to be careful what they post online!
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