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Leading With Optimism in Challenging Times

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Jordan Voigt, President, Genesis Medical Center-Davenport and Shawn Achor, Positive Psychology Researcher, International Thought Leaders Network

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Many leaders worry, especially now, that trying to emphasize positivity and happiness will make them look out of touch—and that rather than helping their people, it will backfire. The great temptation is to wait until the crisis is over and things are back to normal before talking about such topics. But, in fact, when we have large challenges facing our worlds, we need our best brains possible to bear upon that situation.

Two decades of research shows that the greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy is a positive and engaged brain—especially during crisis and suffering. The more positive the brain becomes during challenges, the more capable it is to proactively adapt to changing circumstances and recover from stress, anxiety, and trauma.

In this webcast you’ll hear the story of Genesis Health System, recently featured in Harvard Business Review, and we’ll explore “what leading with optimism really looks like” in times of significant challenge.

During this webcast, you will learn:

  • Why positivity training and interventions matter greatl and how to successfully embed them
  • How to build a collective confidence so that people take ownership over new mindsets, routines, and ways of working
  • The essential value of mobilizing optimism through supportive networks and learning together to accelerate recovery and help people come into psychological and emotional balance  


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Jordan Voigt
Jordan Voigt

President, Genesis Medical Center-Davenport

Jordan Voigt is the president of Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, the largest hospital/medical center of Genesis Health System. This facility consists of more than 450 physicians; 3,000 staff; and 1,000 volunteers; and it is a tertiary referral center for two states in a 17-county region. In 2020, due in part to his contributions, Genesis was recognized among the top five small health systems in the US by Fortune/IBM Watson Health.

Shawn Achor
Shawn Achor

Positive Psychology Researcher, International Thought Leaders Network

Considered one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success, Shawn Achor is the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage, Big Potential, and The Orange Frog. His research on mindset made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED Talk is one of the most popular of all time (with more than 22 million views), and he has lectured or worked with more than a third of Fortune 100 companies as well as the NFL, the NBA, the Pentagon, and the White House.


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