Back in Control Radio
28min2022 JUL 7
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In this episode, Dr. David Hanscom continues his discussion with Victor Perton, founder of the Australian Leadership Project and the Center for Optimism. He explains that, according to researchers, optimism is the trait most associated with a healthy longevity. He shares his vision of promoting tools to become more optimistic. He has found two tools in particular to be very useful: getting people to talk about what they want to be in 5 years and storytelling. Victor Perton is the Chief Optimism Officer of The Centre for Optimism. The offspring of stateless refugees from the Baltics, Victor's early working years were spent in the law, politics and public policy culminating in 18 years in the legislature. After politics, Victor worked as Commissioner to the Americas working across North and South America on Foreign Direct Investment and Export Promotion. This was followed by service as Senior Advisor to the Australian G20 Presidency. Returning to Melbourne, Victor was surprised by the negativity around leadership and increasing levels of anxiety and depression on our community. This led to the founding of The Australian Leadership Project and, after a Eureka moment, the founding of its offspring The Centre for Optimism. For more information, visit:

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