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Pessimists Aren't All That Bad
4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Most of us know that pessimists can be a challenge to deal with in the workplace. As a leader you need to manage pessimists by coaching them to see other options and helping them to reflect on the impact they have on those around them.

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Identifying problems

Optimists tend to avoid difficult conversations and this could lead them to miss the opportunity of addressing critical issues. 

Pessimists inherently look for the problems more than ...

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Hearing only agreement

Pessimists are good role models for those who are "yes men". 

If you only have around you people that agree with you, you are being set up for failure.

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Unprepared for the downside

Optimists often fail to have a Plan B because they believe they can control all the elements within Plan A.

Pessimists can alert a team regarding the risks that would require a Plan B.

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