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Employee Satisfaction Doesn’t Matter

Employee Satisfaction Doesn’t Matter | positive psychology | Scoop.it
The employee engagement movement started in the late 1990s and then went full steam ahead in 2000. Organizations everywhere began systematically measuring employee engagement. That intense interest
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Satisfaction optional, engagement mandatory.

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Richard Lock's curator insight, June 6, 2014 3:31 AM

So the manager's role and style is still crucial. No surprise there. Stop the feeding frenzy and start working on adapting your management style.

Margaret Driscoll, Learning Organization Librarian's curator insight, June 6, 2014 1:01 PM

"Employees don’t want to be “satisfied” as much as they want to be engaged. What they want most is a great boss who cares about their development, and a company that focuses on and develops their strengths."

Lee Jones's curator insight, June 27, 2014 10:02 AM

"Do not feed the bears" as employee engagement advice?

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The Brains of Successful vs. Unsuccessful People Actually Look Very Different

The Brains of Successful vs. Unsuccessful People Actually Look Very Different | positive psychology | Scoop.it
There's a scientific reason certain people thrive more than others.

Via Anne Egros
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Dweck's excellent research and its applications....

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Anne Egros's curator insight, May 28, 2014 9:10 AM

 

The "KIA" or "Know It All" is typically a "fixed mindset "person who don't like to be challenged, look for opinion that are in accordance to what they think is truth and reject any other ideas and basically refuse to learn new things.

 

So called self-proclaimed "experts" and "gurus" are very intolerant and may not hesitate to attack both verbally and physically those who are different from them.

 

Back in childhood, kids who were praised for their intelligence rather than for making efforts were less performant when given new tasks

David Hain's curator insight, May 28, 2014 9:23 AM

Two mindsets - choose wisely!  Because it is a choice...

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The Five Signs of a Positive Leader from @TShnall #HRockstars

The Five Signs of a Positive Leader from @TShnall #HRockstars | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Do you remember a time when you felt energized and inspired by a positive leader?  What inspired you about that person? How did they lead the organization? When I began my career journey in the hos...

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must imbibe stuff:-)

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 29, 2014 9:34 AM

(From the article): Positive leaders focus on people- You have to be genuinely interested in people. Everyone has a gift inside them and should be respected for who they are as a person. Liking people or being interested in people does not mean you always going to agree with them or not hold them accountable. When you create an environment of cherishing people, it creates a momentum of trust where these relationship allow you to hold people accountable as a leader.

John Michel's curator insight, May 30, 2014 12:13 PM

The greatest competitive edge any company can have is a positive and engaging workforce. People want to be part of something that has a meaning and purpose. Do their contributions matter to the work place and how their leaders tap into their energy?

Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, May 30, 2014 2:29 PM
One person's attitude, can make the world different!~
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Win at Workplace Conflict

Win at Workplace Conflict | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Give yourself more leverage with these five rules.
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Conflict is definitely avoidable, but when it happens, one needs to take a stand for what one believes is the best for everyone in the situation. That sometimes involves fighting an uphill battle- but always be cognizant of a healthy battle and ground rules for the same:-)

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Leadership Skills: Trusting Just Right Leads to Power

Leadership Skills: Trusting Just Right Leads to Power | positive psychology | Scoop.it
To learn how to trust just right, we have to recognize what leads us to trusting too much and too little and correct that.

Via F. Thunus, donhornsby
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From the artcile on trusting too much:

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I’ll never do that again’ is an autopilot rule that is dangerous. When you’ve trusted and gotten burned and you say I’ll never trust an engineer again, I’ll never trust a brunette again, or something similar, that is one of those autopilot rules that ought to be examined a bit deeper. Is this a contextual one-time thing worth learning from, or is it really worth putting an autopilot rule in place?

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 27, 2014 8:28 AM

(From the article): If you want to learn to trust just right, err on the side of trusting too much.

 

The next time you have the opportunity, try trusting just a little more than you feel comfortable and watch the results unfold. The worst thing that can happen is that you are left with a feeling of having invested too much, but you might just get rewarded for your trust.

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Coaching on How To Ask Powerful Questions

Coaching on How To Ask Powerful Questions | positive psychology | Scoop.it

 really poGuest Post by Henna Inam Previously posted at TransformationalLeadership If there were one single tool that would help you inspire greater creativity, drive stronger engagement, and get better resu...

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a really powerful article and a set of power-packed questions.

Excerpt from the artcile:

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The above are thought-starters. I encourage you to print this out. Create your own list. -

 

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I do intend to take a printout and keep it handy always. I have just started coaching people in real earnest and am finding that I am really handicapped at asking questions , rather  I intend to assume things and start suggesting solutions....a long way to go for me!

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Know Your Strengths, Own Your Strengths - Lean In

Know Your Strengths, Own Your Strengths - Lean In | positive psychology | Scoop.it
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Own your strengths, leverage them and go change the world!!

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David Hain's curator insight, May 25, 2014 6:20 AM

Much more effective to grow by building on strengths than obsessing about weaknesses!

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Why Optimism Makes us Superhuman (Well, almost…)

Why Optimism Makes us Superhuman (Well, almost…) | positive psychology | Scoop.it
“ Remove your shin guards and knee pads! Being an optimist is the key to invincibility. Well, almost. Despite our best efforts to improve our health through sports and exercise, we're at a constant r”
Via Anne Leong
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The many benefits of optimism......prevent and heal injuries by having a positive mindset.
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David Hain's curator insight, May 24, 2014 4:11 AM

Reasons to be cheerful?

Nikki Streatfield's curator insight, May 26, 2014 7:30 AM

Optimism has real power

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Having a sense of purpose in life may increase lifespan

Having a sense of purpose in life may increase lifespan | positive psychology | Scoop.it
A new study from researchers in the US and Canada suggests that having a sense of purpose in life may increase lifespan, regardless of what age that purpose is found.
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Giver your life a meaning/ direction today!!

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Make Your Emotions Work for You in Negotiations

Make Your Emotions Work for You in Negotiations | positive psychology | Scoop.it
A five-step approach to using triggers to your advantage.
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Excellent tips! you don't need to suppress emotions, but be more intentional about your emotions.

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Why Your Life Needs A Mission Statement

Why Your Life Needs A Mission Statement | positive psychology | Scoop.it

Bw more The same strategies used to create a business plan can tell you if you're on the right track in your career and personal life.

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Be more strategic and intentional about your life!

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The Trouble with Leadership Theories

The Trouble with Leadership Theories | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Buzzwords are easy to hide behind.
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don't invent new theories or blindly follow one; see what works for you from your own experiences!!

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To Motivate People, Give Them Something to Be Proud Of

To Motivate People, Give Them Something to Be Proud Of | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Money is not the best motivator.
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Mastery experiences go a long way in keeping people motivated!

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Why You Hate Work

Why You Hate Work | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Excessive demands are leading to burnout everywhere.
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the artcile is more about engaging employes;  bad headline notwithstanding!! "Employees are vastly more satisfied and productive, it turns out, when four of their core needs are met: physical, through opportunities to regularly renew and recharge at work; emotional, by feeling valued and appreciated for their contributions; mental, when they have the opportunity to focus in an absorbed way on their most important tasks and define when and where they get their work done; and spiritual, by doing more of what they do best and enjoy most, and by feeling connected to a higher purpose at work."

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This 15-Minute Activity Will Make You More Successful At Work - Business insider

This 15-Minute Activity Will Make You More Successful At Work - Business insider | positive psychology | Scoop.it
flickr user KahunnaAccording to a new working paper from Harvard Business School, setting aside 15 minutes to write at the end of the workday is enough to
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interesting concept to play around with!

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Conflict Strategies for Nice People

Conflict Strategies for Nice People | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Conflict is a necessary part of a functioning team. But it doesn't need to be mean.
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Some pretty good tips for those who may have "harmony" in their top 5 StrengthsFinder themes....avoiding conflict in the short term prepares the ground for increased ineffectiveness and possibly later serious conflicts.....

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David Hain's curator insight, May 30, 2014 2:47 AM

The conflict paradox - we ned it but it's tough to live with.  Some constructive solutions here.

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6 Habits Of Resilient People

6 Habits Of Resilient People | positive psychology | Scoop.it
What makes some people persevere through trying circumstances while others begin flailing at the first sign of crisis? Understanding the key qualities...
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wonderful article; practical tips on how to bounce back and be more resilient!!

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The Culture of Tell: The art of asking instead of telling.

The Culture of Tell: The art of asking instead of telling. | positive psychology | Scoop.it

We take it for granted that telling is more valued than asking. 


Via donhornsby, David Hain, Ivon Prefontaine, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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From the article {relevant in the light of the election climate we had recently):

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In presidential pre-election debates we only care who won and often base that decision not on who did the best analysis of the issues but who looked most presidential in front of the cameras and who turned the best phrase or made the most clever put-down. - See more at: http://leadingwithquestions.com/latest-news/the-culture-of-tell/#sthash.ds2ZHLSk.dpuf>>;
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donhornsby's curator insight, May 7, 2014 9:25 AM

(From the article): Finally, nothing is more frustrating to listeners than to be told things or given advice that they already know and/ or have already thought of and dismissed as impractical. It makes you feel demeaned when you realize that the teller thinks you have not already thought of this yourself. But, paradoxically, telling is so ingrained that we don’t think about this issue when we are about to tell someone something. Before we give advice, do we really consider whether or not the person to whom we are telling this might have already thought of it? I suspect that we all do much more telling than we should. - See more at: http://leadingwithquestions.com/latest-news/the-culture-of-tell/#sthash.Sp4LUIaj.dpuf

David Hain's curator insight, May 7, 2014 12:27 PM

Pull beats push most of the time in managing relationships - seek first to understand!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 7, 2014 1:07 PM

Asking questions and waiting for answers is incredibly challenging work. Too often, we lose sight of this in the busyness of work. I found it was important to ask, listen, wait, and create spaces for students. It was easy to tell them what good questions were, but modeling it was more important and hard work.

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Why good leaders make you feel safe

Why good leaders make you feel safe | positive psychology | Scoop.it
What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility.
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Liked that part in particular where he stressed the importance of environment....sometimes toxic environments bring out the worst in people...as leaders we have the responsibility to create the right sort of environments that bring the best out of others and ourselves:-)....easier said than done!!

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10 ways to nurture wellbeing and build resilience ...

10 ways to nurture wellbeing and build resilience ... | positive psychology | Scoop.it
“ Positive Psychology has a growing evidence base on what creates wellbeing. Here are my ... Psychologists term this experience Flow and it is a vital skill for maintaining involvement when doing something difficult.”
Via Kasia Hein-Peters
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All good and important points.
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Most Work Conflicts Aren't Due to Personality

Most Work Conflicts Aren't Due to Personality | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Where you stand depends on where you sit.
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"The real reasons for conflict are a lot harder to raise — and resolve — because they are likely to be complex, nuanced, and politically sensitive. For example, people’s interests may truly be opposed; roles and levels of authority may not be correctly defined or delineated; there may be real incentives to compete rather than to collaborate; and there may be little to no accountability or transparency about what people do or say."

A situational aspect to conflicts is very much needed; but the effects of individuals involved is not necessarily spurious: knowing where they are coming from can help mitigate/ manage conflict.

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John Michel's curator insight, May 21, 2014 11:27 AM

As human beings evolved, our survival depended on being able to quickly identify and differentiate friend from foe, which meant making rapid judgments about the character and intentions of other people or tribes. Focusing on people rather than situations is faster and simpler, and focusing on a few attributes of people, rather than on their complicated entirety, is an additional temptation.

Nikki Streatfield's curator insight, May 22, 2014 9:31 AM

Often conflict at work is far more complex than mere personality dynamics

180's curator insight, May 24, 2014 11:12 AM

Solving the toughest variable:

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It Pays to Be Overconfident

It Pays to Be Overconfident | positive psychology | Scoop.it
There's very little downside to acting like you run the place.
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It helps to be confident in you abilities; just remember that you don't need to be arrogant to be confident; humility is also equally important!!

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Jocelyn Stoller's curator insight, May 18, 2014 11:36 PM

The downside is what happens to everyone else who has to deal with the fall-out from narcissists and people with Dunning-Kruger Syndrome.

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Your Brain Is Hardwired To Make You One Type Of Leader--Can You Overcome It?

Your Brain Is Hardwired To Make You One Type Of Leader--Can You Overcome It? | positive psychology | Scoop.it
New findings suggest that our brain's analytical and social networks are hardwired to cancel each other out. Fortunately, there is a way for leaders...
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Balancing and juggling task-orientation and people-orientation is what makes an effective leader!

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Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, May 15, 2014 7:41 PM

The best leaders combine a focus on tasks and people.

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The Best Leaders Are Humble Leaders

The Best Leaders Are Humble Leaders | positive psychology | Scoop.it
New research suggests that altruism makes employees more innovative and engaged.
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Humility, courage, empowerment and holding people responsible as four pillars of good leadership!

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Surprises Are the New Normal; Resilience Is the New Skill

Surprises Are the New Normal; Resilience Is the New Skill | positive psychology | Scoop.it
The difference between winners and losers is how they handle losing.
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Resilience- the ability to bounce back and learn from failures!

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David Hain's curator insight, April 29, 2014 7:40 AM

Even winners lose eventually - or do they?  Rosabeth Moss Kanter