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April 1, 2013
While we often think about compassion as an individual quality, the organizations where we spend our time—such as workplaces, schools, places of worship, and community centers—can actually impact whether and how we respond to someone in distress.
March 29, 2013
I was invited to meet with a group of young professionals in medicine to discuss the topic of becoming a change agent. I started with two questions. First, I asked them each to define the term. “A leader,” they responded. “Someone who can stimulate people to feel, think, see and do things in a new way.”
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 15, 2013
“Really, there’s no charge, and anyone can come?” This is often the response when I describe our Positive Links Speaker Series to someone who has not yet attended. Presentations of cutting-edge research and practices by leaders in their fields? Opportunities to network with an eclectic cross-section of academics, students, and practitioners? Plus, pizza? Yes, yes, and yes.
As we approach the 80th session, it’s a good opportunity to shine a spotlight on our flagship series . . .
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.