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Identify Your Worst Fear and Best Hope


Our group talks a lot about how to act on our best hopes. So much of the current environment focuses on fear, negativity, restrictions and barriers – drowning out the positives and progress that do exist.


The pandemic and social unrest have left many of us in a chronic state of fear-based fight or flee responses. However, learning to pause and acknowledge the fears can free us to focus on best hopes. A vision for the future propels us forward.


Strong leaders understand that conflict done well – cognitive conflict – has value. This type of conflict helps uncover issues that communities need to address, but it leaves out the name-calling and finger-pointing. It offers hope as it brings people together in an honest discussion about what needs to change and how to get there.


As leaders, it’s our job to lead people through that conflict when they are hurting and to show them that progress is possible. As a leader, think about how you can:

  • Use inquiry to better understand people and the issues

  • Listen at a deeper level

  • Paraphrase, pause, probe, clarify and summarize to show people that you understand their message and needs

Then, for you and your entire team, answer honestly:

“What is our best hope right now?”


Susan Sparks


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