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Pessimism wins out.

No, seriously. I was afraid today's inevitable disappointment would lead to accusations and defensive retaliation and a whole world of ugliness. I averted that disaster by taking away the disappointment.

How does one do that?

By taking away all hope before things fall apart. I began the day by listing off to my team all the reasons we were doomed to failure. When we failed for those reasons, no one was disappointed. How's that for leadership?

But, isn't that a self fulfilling prophecy?

Not really.

Maybe you could have beat the odds if you thought you could!

No.

But--

No.

Trust me. It was out of our hands.

We failed a whole lot less miserably than I expected. I'm pleased with that.



In other news, I'm horribly sunburnt again.

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