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What is Optimistic Drift?

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Optimistic drift is the potential for optimism to drive organizations and individuals to continue a failing or mediocre strategy. This is associated with the extended and unreasonable expectation that things are just about to get better.

Value of Optimism

Optimism is valued for its ability to stimulate creativity, productivity and resilience. In some cases, it drives resilience to too far whereby failing strategies are continued until they become extremely damaging.

Defensive Pessimism

Defensive pessimism is the deliberate use of pessimism to poke holes in strategies, plans and decisions. It can be used by optimistic individuals and organizational cultures as a regular sanity check.
Overview: Optimistic Drift
The extended and unreasonable expectation that things are just about to get better.
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