The Optimism of Joanne Butterworth-Gray GAICD
Victor Perton: Joanne, what makes you optimistic?
Joanne Butterworth-Gray GAICD: Optimism if the exquisite taste of the first white peach of the season; it is the trust with which your grandson takes your hand; the acceptance of your destiny and your place in a world that is much bigger than you; and mostly, optimism is living and being the person you are meant to be."
VP: The times call for realistic and infectiously optimistic leaders. Who are the infectiously optimistic leaders who have inspired you?
Joanne Butterworth-Gray GAICD: "My 6-year old grandson - for whom the world has limitless opportunity However there are few people who 'infect' me with optimism. Optimism is a quality I draw on from within and affirm in everyday life with simple pleasures. I don't think society rewards leaders who are infectiously optimistic, which is sad, but a reality. Children are our lifeline, and I cherish those shared moments when I can release my inner child. Perhaps our times call for genuinely optimistic leadership qualities that are enduring and realistic."
VP: Optimism is the underpinning of good strategy. Would you share your insights into the relationship between optimism and good strategy?
Joanne Butterworth-Gray GAICD: "Optimism invites you to look over the horizon - an essential ingredient to good strategy!"