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March 27, 2013
I recently listened to a talk by Fred Keller, the CEO of Cascade Engineering, a company recognized for its positive approach to business. One of the unusual practices for which Cascade is known is bringing in people who are on the welfare rolls and turning them into productive employees.
March 20, 2013
There is a phrase used in Bob Quinn’s book Deep Change that is intentionally provocative—perhaps a little too provocative: “being willing to die for the organization that would kill you for caring.” I once had a discussion with someone about this phrase, and her reaction was immediate and visceral: “I can’t see why anyone would die for their organization. I wouldn’t.”
March 18, 2013
Let’s continue with Martin Seligman’s PERMA Framework in the context of organizations. So far, we have looked at Positive Emotions and Meaning. Let’s take a look at processes, systems, culture and so forth that support Engagement. The photo above is our team at the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship. In future posts, we will come to Positive Relationships, and Achievement.
March 12, 2013
In an earlier post, I introduced Marty Seligman’s PERMA model of “Flourishing” for people. Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Achievement. Let’s talk a little bit about Meaning.
March 7, 2013
Thriving—truly thriving—is possible and even likely when you factor in the latest research on what you can do to move your organization more in this direction, and what happens when you do.
March 7, 2013
My apologies for the blogging hiatus over the last six weeks. It has been an absolute whirlwind! That means there is also lots to share, and I will try to do so in the coming days, weeks, months.
March 1, 2013
Real friendship means more than just enjoying each other’s company, laughing at the same jokes, or being able to borrow someone’s lawn mower. Many of the people we call friends on Facebook are really something else: co-workers, associates, colleagues, drinking buddies, whatever.
February 28, 2013
I think it was a character in one of Samuel Beckett’s early novels who believed that friendship was eternal. So if he later found that he had been deceived about a so-called friend’s fidelity, he wouldn’t say, “He used to be a friend of mine.” Instead, he’d say, “I used to think he was my friend.”
February 25, 2013
This week, columnist Terry Gallagher is writing the OurValues series …
Making friends might be making a come-back in the last few years, and not just on Facebook.
February 23, 2013
Wisdom 2.0 is the name given to a gathering this weekend of people interested in the intersection of new technologies and old wisdom traditions. Many speakers highlighted aspects of mindfulness and emphasized the importance of compassion as one of the taproots of humanity.
February 21, 2013
I remember a heart surgeon once telling me about his work. “Sometimes a person is dying,” he said quietly. “I take their heart into my hands, and when I am finished, they are alive.” He made this simple statement with awe and humility at how meaningful this experience was for him every time.
February 20, 2013
Recently, I rewatched the movie Mr. Holland’s Opus. When I reached the last scene, I started to cry.
Mr. Holland aspires to write a great symphony. Because he needs money, he takes a job as a teacher, devoting his passion for music to the composing he does in his spare time—and in obscurity.