Cultivating a more positive outlook is a better way of boosting creativity than indulging a tortured genius, according to consultant psychologist and professor Neil Frude who has begun working with ad organization Havas Worldwide London to provide "positive psychology" training to the agency’s staff.
"When times are tough, there can be a tendency to focus most on what needs improving. What I’ve been trying to do is create a more positive framework for feedback within the agency--taking time to ask what’s good that’s been achieved today and to recognize and bolster employees and colleagues," Russ Lidstone, CEO, Havas Worldwide
The human brain is a complex entity constantly at work, sending electrical signals, communicating, building new neural connections and so on. This electrical activity generated by the brain, also known as brainwaves, reflect our state of mind.
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I firmly believe that a deeper understanding of our brains will help pave the way to a more positive future.
Twenty years have passed since I sat in the corner office of a multinational consumer goods organization. Seven years ago I removed my consulting shingle from the home office wall. Am I happy in the CEO afterlife? You bet. I’m busy pursuing other dreams that are inspirational and meaningful. So why, you might ask, would I come out of retirement and accept a temporary assignment in the C-suite of a business in America.
If you see someone frowning, head bowed, shoulders slumped, it’s a fair bet they’re feeling low in confidence. But which came first: the slumped shoulders or the bad mood? Your body language doesn’t merely reflect your emotions, it’s often the cause.
“This is the first time in my life I have learnt anything that is going to help me have a life” Congratulations to Amanda Murdoch and her colleagues at Family Works in Cornwall, UK for demonstrating the impact of an emotional intelligence intervention...
If you are like me, you spent a great deal of your twenties blaming your parents for all your faults and personality quirks. So much of what we read about our personalities and character traces their origins back to childhood experiences. While this is true, the fact remains that, as adults, we are the ones who decide what to do with the material we are given as children.
Thanksgiving can mean a lot of things, from the usual turkey feast to more idiosyncratic and potentially stressful traditions like a Black Friday campout or a death-defying deep fry.
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"Despite all the family feuds and travel woes, a sense of gratitude is still at the center of it all, and it does more than you might think to soften the holiday stress. Think of it as a reminder to be thankful, courtesy of your local psychology lab."
"Along with the crisp fall breeze that runs through the air in the months following summer comes the stress from the hurriedness of life and the chaos of work. From the moment we get up in the morning to the moment we hit the bed at night, there's something about the months of fall that make our day feel overwhelming.
Perhaps it's the tinge of guilt from an unproductive summer or the worry from an overthinking mind that constantly wonders about how the year will end -- we find ourselves unable to understand how to deal with the chaos of our day.
I believe there is hope. Here are three things that we can ACCEPT right now that will make our day better: ..."