Can you be optimistic while confronting the brutal reality?

The ultimate naval aviator James Stockdale le, one of the highest-ranking naval officers during the Vietnam War was held captive for over seven years.
He was repeatedly tortured, suffered constantly, and had little reason to believe he'd make it out alive.

He found a way to stay alive by accepting the harsh
reality of the current situation with faith to overcome in the end.

This was the concept of the Stockdale Paradox.

Jim Collins in his book Good to Great, described Stockda le
"Paradox as,

"You must retain faith that you wi l l prevail in the end, regardless of  the difficulties and at the same time, you must confront the most brutal facts of  your current reality, whatever they might be."

Collins and his team analyzed data from 1,435 businesses
and realized lessons from 11 exceptional companies. 'Stockdale Paradox' is one of them.
The secret sauce is not being too optimistic and too
pessimistic.
It is about striking the balance of reality and faith.

TAKEAWAYS

  • You cannot sugarcoat your current situation
    with fake optimism.
    Accepting the brutal reality is better than denying it. 

  • Keep faith in your belief system for successful outcomes. That works, only if you work on it. 

  • This concept can help the organization to tackle the challenges of uncertain times.  

 

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