I learned an important lesson last week: When we relinquish control, we give others the opportunity to flourish. So, the next time you’re charged with designing a highly effective team-building session, imagine what would happen if you just didn’t show up.
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Get in the No Garbage Trucks! Zone – An Interview with Author David J. Pollay
“Happiness is not out of reach, and civility is not dead,” says David J. Pollay, speaker, seminar leader, blogger, syndicated columnist, and MAPP graduate in his new book, The Law…
Researchers and practitioners seeking to bring positive psychology to the workplace have a new resource: the Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work* edited by P. Alex Linley, Susan Harrington,…
I nominate Get-it-out-the-Door as the 25th Strength. People who possess this strength get stuff done. They can be thought of as the great implementers of ideas. While it could be…
Strengths-Based Leadership: An Interview with Author Tom Rath – Part 2
Following is Part Two of an interview I conducted last month with Tom Rath on Strengths-based Leadership. Talking about people he studied, Tom said, “They’re people that I have admired for a long time and they were just night and day different in the way they interacted with people and built their organizations.”
Love in a Business Book? For the last two years I have written about love on February 14th – Valentine’s Day. This year, I am taking a different approach and doing a combination book review and author interview.
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Sort Your Life into Place! The Strengths Card Sort
Perhaps you are a coach working with corporate or individual clients, perhaps you are a manager working with a team of employees, or perhaps you are a parent of a teenager. In every role, you will likely find the Strengths Cart Sort a practical tool to help others understand, own, and apply their strengths.
Earlier this month I attended a women’s leadership conference sponsored by The George Washington University (GWU) in DC. I didn’t go to the conference with the intention of writing a…
Today is Valentine’s Day so to me there is but one topic to write about…
Two executives had Love among their top five strengths. Only one could readily see how he applies this strength in his work environment.
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An Interview with Toyota University’s Mike Morrison
I had the pleasure of hearing Mike Morrison, VP and Dean of University of Toyota, speak at last month’s Global Well-Being Forum (formerly the International Positive Psychology Summit) at Gallup’s…
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Energize Your Business Planning
It’s September and that means back to school time for American kids and business planning time for American businesses. In most organizations the business planning cycle is in full swing preparing for the upcoming year and beyond: and that means lots of meetings! Unfortunately, planning meetings are often met with huge groans as executives recall last year’s mind-numbing, PowerPoint presentations. Energize your business planning? That can sound like an oxymoron. […]
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Employee Recognition: How One Company Puts Their Money Where Their Mouth Is
What about more “formal” forms of recognition, such as trips and conferences, that companies use to reward top performers? Do these programs positively impact employee engagement and productivity, too? I have anecdotal evidence from one company that they do – especially when a company rethinks who attends these events.
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Positive Work Environments: How One Company is Putting Theory into Practice
How do you create a positive organization? What’s the formula? In this article I will focus on a few other factors – Physical Location, High Quality Relationships, and Meaningful Work – using specific examples from a company I recently visited in northern Italy.
Last month, I wrote about what I believe a leader must Do, Know, and Be. This month I’d like to use this same, three-part model to examine the role of a coach. The intersection of these three components, the shaded area, is where excellence in one’s profession can be found. It’s where action, feeling, and thinking are aligned and integrated into a consistent whole. […]
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What Leaders Must Do, Know & “Be”
When I reflect on all that I learned last year in the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP), it sometimes makes my head spin. I’m reminded of…
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Creating a Bridge b/t Competencies & Strengths
If you have ever worked in a corporation you are familiar with the notion of competencies — a prescribed set of desired behaviors a leader* is expected to exhibit in order…
There is but one topic to write about on this day… LOVE Love and the Capacity to Love is one of the twenty-four character strengths identified in Peterson and Seligman’s…
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Positive Psychology & Institutions: Highlights From a Panel Discussion
NOTE: In Senia Maymin’s New Year’s Day article, she writes, “Positive Psychology is the study of positive subjective experiences, positive traits, and positive institutions.” This article is about the later. I…
Margaret Greenberg, MAPP ’06, Founder of The Greenberg Group, invested the first fifteen years of her career in Human Resources. Working for one large food retailer and then two financial…