Articles by Scott Asalone
I watched in amazement as Grace, a friend’s granddaughter, who was petrified of going near the sea a year before, walked fearlessly into tumbling waves. She is now in love with the ocean and has adopted her grandmother’s passion for the sea. Edward Deci could have used Grace as a powerful example of internalizing extrinsic motivation in his keynote talk on Self-Determination Theory at the IPPA World Congress.
During a recent course, an executive turned to us to say, “All this stuff is great and I want to change my behavior, but how do I make sure it sticks long term?” This is an important question for positive psychology practitioners. Reading an article by Brendan Koerner, I realized there is much that Alcoholics Anonymous can teach us about long-term change even in the face of addiction.
Robert Biswas-Diener, Todd Kashdan, and Gurpal Minhas are about to take strengths theory to the next level with a new article titled A Dynamic Approach to Psychological Strengths Development and Intervention scheduled for publication in The Journal of Positive Psychology. Having had the privilege of reading an early copy, I can tell you that it is worth reading. They willingly admit where more data is needed, but they want to engage individuals and practitioners in developing a more complete research base that will take strengths theory to the next level.
As a consultant introducing positive psychology to organizations I have found that one of the easiest places to start is by using a strengths instrument. Here are some suggestions that I have found useful for debriefing the results from strengths assessments.
Scott Asalone, MAPP ’08, is partner and co-founder of ASGMC. To use his management development expertise and knowledge of the psychology of achievement, he co-founded the firm in 1999 to inspire and guide people …