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Early in my career I had learned that if you want your product or service to be successful, all you have to do is (ask and) listen and act on what you hear, or don’t hear. We asked. You all spoke. We acted on your suggestions, bringing you Positive Psychology Toolkit 2.0. We also added a community forum so that all of our toolkit users could request new tools and interact with each other.
Like any business leader, I wanted to be informed of what my employees were up to, so I requested that all of us write status reports. But status reports can become boring and sometimes feel pointless. What does science tell us about making them both a joy to write and a joy to read?
We can leverage the power of routines by personalizing them to meet our needs and to match our goals. Using a design thinking mindset, three elements to consider when crafting a routine are habits, practices, and rituals.
For several years, we’ve ended one year or started the next year by inviting our authors to make a suggestion to people looking forward to the year ahead. This is part 2 of this year’s suggestions, just in time for the new year.
For several years, we’ve ended one year or started the next year by inviting our authors to make a suggestion to people looking forward to the year ahead. This year’s suggestions come in two parts. Come back on New Year’s Eve for the second installment.
As I ponder the ways I’ve managed my own procrastination, I keep remembering something I observed in college: I have a procrastination hierarchy, and I can manipulate it to make myself get moving on a particular task.
When managers focus on the core strengths of employees and give them the freedom to pursue these strengths and push the limits, employees are more successful in their work and feel valued and effective. Such employees tend to feel that they belong in their companies and therefore tend to stay longer. Positive minded managers can have a powerful impact on their teams.
The science of setting and reaching goals tells us that the best goals go beyond SMART. I’m using the acronym SMARTEST goals to add more of what science says helps us reach our goals.
As a mother, I knew what was best for him, I told myself. I could not trust his teenage judgment. But something deeper prompted me to question my reasoning. Did I fear knowing his goals in case they were different from mine? Was I running away from the possibility that his ideals of success would not measure up to societal standards? Would I be able to face it if they didn’t? I slowly began to see myself hiding behind the guise of motherhood.
Here are some tips from psychological research for achieving workplace happiness and productivity: deal effectively with bad bosses, prefer intentions over fantasies, and value workplace friendships.