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Sunday, July 11 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
C1: Glass Half Full? Explore Techniques for Putting Optimism to Work as a Management Tool in Difficult Times

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Target Audience: Library directors and managers
Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will be able to identify three elements of the "explanatory style" after completing a model assessment tool during the session.
2. Participants will be able to utilize five techniques for challenging pessimistic thinking and building a positive operating framework.

Confronted with difficult times, optimists and pessimists respond in opposite ways. While seeing the glass half full in hard times may at first glance appear to be an optical illusion, the skill of viewing your world through an optimist's lens holds promise. When faced with difficulties, optimists don't give up. They view bad events as challenges to be mastered. Your pessimism/optimism meter is not irrevocably set at birth. Becoming an optimist means more than just putting on a smile, channeling your inner Pollyanna, and hoping for the best. This program will identify techniques for learning new cognitive skills that will help diminish lifelong pessimistic habits. Participants will discover strategies for strengthening personal resilience and decision-making skills, leading to a happier and more productive life.

Sunday July 11, 2010 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
CCC-Room 102-106

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