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Articles by Giselle Nicholson

Giselle Nicholson is a social behaviorist obsessed with leadership development, team-building, and social innovation. She poses hard questions that invite candor and ah-ha moments critical to effective, lasting change. What makes her jump out of bed in the morning is the opportunity to partner with leaders, teams, and organizations to ignite and develop high impact solutions to pressing problems.

Arianna Huffington: My Choice for the 2014 Positive Psychology Ambassador
January 26, 2015 – 11:00 am | 4 Comments

Master communicators can garner early attention to new science and simplify messaging in ways that appeal to larger non-expert audiences. I credit Arianna Huffington for helping positive psychology principles into mainstream conversation and popularizing many research findings.

What Good can Positive Business Accomplish in the World?
June 10, 2014 – 12:40 pm | 6 Comments
Bottom Lines

The ability of positive psychology to drive action comes alive at the intersection of disciplines. My passion and work lies at the vertex of positive psychology, business, and social innovation. You can bet that I’m always on the hunt for relevant hubs for discourse, and I found one in the Positive Business conference.

Five Practices of Positive Impact Leaders
March 19, 2014 – 10:33 am | 4 Comments
Holding our world

Organizational culture, often described as “the way we do things around here,” is a management challenge begging for positive intervention. Yet it is an asset often taken for granted by traditional companies that believe it is hard to define. So if you are like the 96% of executives who say some change in their culture is needed, read on for some insight in the five behavioral practices leaders must demonstrate in order to positively impact culture.

Should You Read Decisive? (Book Review)
August 7, 2013 – 2:19 pm | 5 Comments

In a nutshell, Yes. This book is a fun example of what happens when smart writers are able to synthesize a swath of multi-disciplinary research and weave it into a practical framework that facilitates behavior change. The framework and its lessons provide me with a big picture strategy for being more thoughtful and intentional in my daily decision-making.

Innovativeness as Positive Deviance
October 17, 2012 – 5:09 pm | 4 Comments

I find all aspects of innovation fascinating. In a chapter of the new POS Handbook titled Innovativeness as Positive Deviance authors Jeff DeGraff and Dan Nathan-Roberts look at innovativeness from several viewpoints. For example, they use the competing values framework, showing that “oppositional factors can be productively engaged to create positive tensions that yield hybrid and novel solutions.”

Center for Innovation & Humanity Conference
March 23, 2010 – 10:00 am | 3 Comments
Center for Innovation & Humanity Conference

“What does innovation humanity mean to me?”
This was the central question of a conference I attended about a month ago.  I had the good fortune to attend the inaugural Innovation & Humanity Summit hosted by …

The Meaning in Mother’s Day
May 13, 2007 – 1:41 pm | 5 Comments
The Meaning in Mother’s Day

Humans gravitate towards creating and celebrating rituals in all sizes and forms – from a morning shower routine to the composition of a elaborate Thanksgiving dinner. Rituals are a way for us to recognize our values and connect to what creates meaning in our lives. Many believe that rituals are psychologically necessary to our daily life and that they give us a rhythm to connect to within our stressful and chaotic lives. So the idea is that by consciously or unconsciously engaging in ritualistic behavior we are able to more fully ground ourselves and reconnect to our values or with others. […]

What Good is Business? Positive Psychology & Social Entrepreneurship
April 13, 2007 – 11:09 pm | 6 Comments
What Good is Business? Positive Psychology & Social Entrepreneurship

The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship was perhaps the most thrilling conference I’ve ever attended. This global conference brings passionate people together from all corners of the globe, such as Mohammad Yunus, Al Gore, …

Retrospective Visualization
March 13, 2007 – 2:51 pm | 8 Comments

Try. Fail. Try. Fail better.
As I drove my youngest sister home from her first SAT exam a few weeks ago, this maxim surfaced in our conversation and it got me thinking about the effectiveness of …

Measuring the Value of a Dollar
February 13, 2007 – 9:29 am | 10 Comments
Measuring the Value of a Dollar

To expand on my first entry’s musings about income and happiness, I’d like to introduce how the simple principles developed by Mohammad Yunus, last year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, warrant the interest of positive …

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