Brain Food: Are you suffering from strategic optimism

A Strategic Optimist (not to be confused with a Defensive Pessimist) sees the world through rose-tinted glasses, but unlike your bog-average optimist, does not just assume the world is a happy place. He sets particular tasks and goals for himself, and then sticks his head in the sand. Some might say this is plain mad, but part of his strategy is not thinking about the strategy. A Strategic Optimist will decide that he's going for the promotion and then assume that nothing much will get in his way (which is why he doesn't bother brown-nosing). Interesting to learn that this sort of optimist fails when given a dose of pessimism - Strategic Optimists simply don't know how to think in a way that doesn't have a happy ending.

by Helen Kirwan-Taylor,
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

They can be go-getters and high achievers, but they can also screw up. Some strategies do not involve a positive outcome: the more subtle political manoeuvres are simply over their happy little heads.

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