‘The mind is your main production tool’

Optimism is among the keys to positive influence.

A critical element of influence is the emotional environment you create around yourself, Darrell Hammond tells a preconference workshop at the CUNA Finance Council Conference in New York City.

Optimism is a quality that virtually all successful influencers possess.


  • Are paid more.
  • Are healthier.
  • Are more elections.
  • Are longer.
  • Are better at dealing with uncertainty and change.

“The mind is your main production tool,” Hammond says. “We have to figure out what we do day by day that contributes to our culture. What are you doing, what is your language like, what are your relationships like that define your environment at work?”


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