I am thinking about "How ‘brutal optimism’ can help get you through any crisis" written by Jonathon Lobbins, Chairman & CEO, Primasun at Verily Life Sciences,
While I find the term "brutal optimism" jarring and novel, Jonathon Lobbins makes a very sound argument for its application. On reflection, it's not far apart from my "radical optimism."
Jonathon writes, "The leaders who practice brutal optimism—who meet increasingly complex challenges with the belief that we have the talent, technologies, and insights to solve them—will be the ones who seize the present opportunity."
"Brutal optimism requires bold reflection."
"Innovation requires dogged perseverance, fueled by optimism. We must have the tenacity to take stock of the tools and insights in our possession that can drive radical change and truly forge a better path forward.
"To disrupt outdated processes, leaders will have to harness optimism. This doesn’t mean throwing around positivity with reckless abandon—attitude alone won’t solve our most substantial problems.
"Optimism means having the vision to imagine a new path forward, and pursuing it with confidence, hope, and open-mindedness. That can be difficult after having to be so brutally honest. But it’s the difference between getting bogged down by the challenges ahead and pushing through them.
"Brutal optimism requires a rare combination: critical evaluation of the past and present, combined with optimistic problem-solving. One without the other creates an imbalance that limits the ability to innovate effectively.
"I see great promise across industries, from healthcare to astrophysics, despite the array of challenges that leaders are facing today. When we embrace the unique opportunity presented by this moment and practice brutal optimism, we can make real change and alleviate burdens that have plagued our communities."
More on Brutal Optimism
I have found a 2020 blog post by Dave Beam entitled "Brutal Optimism."
"If you have a desire to be realistic and also maintain optimism, I have good news. There is an alternative mindset to pessimism, so-called realism, and airy fairy optimism, called brutal optimism.
In a 2021, video entitled "Handling crisis with brutal optimism'', Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever Limited, said a leader should be brutally optimistic.