January 28, 2015
We all use this phrase: whether it be a cheerful reminder after catching up with past neighbors or a hopeful farewell to soon to be “old” friends when embarking on our journey to college. While saying “keep in touch” in these instances makes perfect sense within our social norms, we don’t actually mean what we say. The “touch” we’re referring to is a form of communication, not physical contact. What we really mean is “Keep the connection” or “Don’t forget to call!” We’re seeking out verbal re-connection. Because of this, we can assume that this phrase cannot be taken literally.
But it can, and it should.
January 23, 2015
Sparks of Kindness are deliberate acts of generosity that makes life better for someone else. As we’ve discussed this week, Sparks of Kindness is also a social movement and Facebook group with lots of practical resources. We’ve talked about the wisdom of small experiments and big experiments, along with the paradox of generosity.
Are you a Spark of Kindness?
January 22, 2015
Generosity is giving freely and unselfishly of your time, money, and resources to benefit others. But generosity is a paradox, say sociologists Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson.
January 21, 2015
First I recommended the idea of starting small—trying a Spark of Kindness as a small experiment in a safe place. This is a good piece of practical wisdom.
But, you can also go big! Sparks can be small or large—any Spark can start a wildfire! Is a big experiment for you?
January 20, 2015
Trying something new can cause anxiety. I teach courses about Positive Organizational Scholarship, and there’s always something new to try at work or home. Many people, I’ve observed, can be hesitant.
What if it doesn’t work? What if I’m embarrassed?
When this occurs, here’s the advice I always give, which I learned from a colleague: Try a small experiment in a safe place. Would this help you Spark kindness?
January 19, 2015
Want to make the world a better place? Want to be a better person? Not sure what to do? Here’s a possibility: Join Sparks of Kindness.
January 5, 2015
“Chances are that at some point in your career, you’ve taken an idea from someone else. I want to know why.”
December 2, 2014
Do you wait until the last minute to decide what to buy for holiday gifts? Or, have you been thinking about it for months, carefully compiling your list of just the right gifts for just the right people?
November 20, 2014
“What is your vision for extraordinary leadership impact? I could get up and talk to you for forty-five minutes about what I think leadership should be, but at the end of the day, in order to make a connection between positive identities and positive leadership, the leadership vision itself has to be personal. [It has to] connect in some way to your source of inspiration. And your source of inspiration for leadership and action comes from who you are, how you see yourself, and the results you wish to create or contribute.”
With this message, Laura Morgan Roberts began her Positive Links Speaker Series session.
November 10, 2014
Business leaders support individuals and help them perform their best. But providing guidance and feedback to others can be challenging. People have shifting interests, concerns, and worries. So as a leader, you cannot support people unless you know what they think and how they feel. And this can only be done by asking meaningful questions and listening deeply.
November 6, 2014
What’s love got to do with it?” Tina Turner made the question famously seductive. For many, it struck a truthful cord—in their personal lives at least. But recent research demonstrates the nostalgic phrase also extends into our work lives. In fact, if you have ever said “my boss is killing me”—and studies suggest that nine out of 10 employees have-—then you have been afflicted by the harrowing effects of workplace love.
November 3, 2014
When we’re launching a new business, we naturally turn to our friends. They’re the people we trust for sharing information and covering our backs. By recent estimates, 40% of founding teams include people who were friends socially before building their startups. But according to new research, starting a company with your friends is a risky endeavor.