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the flourishing domain of strengths based approach to psychology
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5 Secrets To Better Employee Engagement

5 Secrets To Better Employee Engagement | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Bring together your people and your brand and make meaningful progress toward better employee engagement.
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"Anyone who has been on a Southwest flight can attest to the smiles, spirit, and fun. This is because employees live the Southwest values: servant’s heart, warrior spirit, and fun-loving attitude."

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John Michel's curator insight, April 4, 2014 1:28 AM

CEOs have always known their brand is a driver of customer acquisition, loyalty, and business growth. Today, they’re also learning that the company’s brand can provide employees with a sense of purpose and identity and serve as a source of both inspiration and action.

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The 10 Countries With The Highest "National Well-Being" (See The U.S. Anywhere?)

The 10 Countries With The Highest "National Well-Being" (See The U.S. Anywhere?) | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
See where every country ranks on the Social Progress Index, which measures more than just economic output to see if a country is really making its...
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India at 102, really?

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Lisa A Romano's curator insight, April 16, 2014 6:06 AM

Some compelling rank data for Australia, particularly under ecosystems...

 

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Authenticity versus the Armor of Leadership by Travis Waits

Authenticity versus the Armor of Leadership by Travis Waits | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Your willingness to risk as a leader is contingent on your capacity to be vulnerable. Travis Waits shares about the armor that leaders put on which prevents their authenticity and effectiveness. Leaders make the most impact when they use their influence.

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be authentic! never comprise relationships at the cost of rising up the ladder:-)

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David Hain's curator insight, March 14, 2014 10:12 AM

When you cover up your squidgy bits, you tend to cover up your essence as well!

donhornsby's curator insight, March 14, 2014 10:23 AM

(From the article) Your willingness to risk as a leader is contingent on your capacity to be vulnerable. Travis Waits shares about the armor that leaders put on which prevents their authenticity and effectiveness. Leaders make the most impact when they use their influence. This in turn showcases the leaders character and ethics, who they are, from the inside out.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 1, 2014 2:53 PM

Great scoop here via @davidhain.  David, I totally agree with you and I would add that being vulnerable requires a lot of confidence! 


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Your willingness to risk as a leader is contingent on your capacity to be vulnerable. Travis Waits shares about the armor that leaders put on which prevents their authenticity and effectiveness. Leaders make the most impact when they use their influence.


This in turn showcases the leaders character and ethics, who they are, from the inside out.

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Employee Engagement Is A Leadership Commitment

Employee Engagement Is A Leadership Commitment | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
It seems like so much of what I do these days seems to revolve around storytelling and brands. I thought it would be useful to look at employee engagement through the lens of the five Ws – who, what, when, where, why – and one H – how – to [...]
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Engaged employees= productive employees!

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Does Your Company Make You a Better Person?

Does Your Company Make You a Better Person? | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Successful organizations place personal development front and center.
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An important article by Kegan and Lahey. Glad to be doing a MOOC by them:-)

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7 of Life’s Toughest Questions and Fears – Resolved! -

7 of Life’s Toughest Questions and Fears – Resolved! - | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
7 of Life’s Toughest Questions and Fears – Resolved!
Inevitably there will be a point in everyone’s life in which one goes through an existential crisis. It is common to ponder ques
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Ask tough questions and then get over them:-)

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Successful Organizations Need Leaders At All Levels

Successful Organizations Need Leaders At All Levels | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Anybody who has ever watched interviews with managers or coaches of professional sports teams will have heard plenty of discussion of the need for leaders throughout the team. The same thinking is also increasingly a preoccupation of business people. Indeed, the need for “leaders at all levels” is one of [...]
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Leadership starts and is needed at all levels:-)

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The Focused Leader

The Focused Leader | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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Couldnt have started the day better

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Why Companies Fail To Engage Today's Workforce: The Overwhelmed Employee

Why Companies Fail To Engage Today's Workforce: The Overwhelmed Employee | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
We just completed a major study of human capital trends around the world (Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends, 2500 organizations in 90 countries) and the message is clear:  companies are struggling to engage our modern, 21st century workforce. This is a worldwide issue. Gallup research shows that only 13% of employees around [...]
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Our research (which I will be presenting at our upcoming IMPACT conference) shows that there are five elements which drive a highly engaged workforce:

The work itself,The management environment,The flexibility and inclusion of the workplace,People’s ability to learn and grow, andTrust and meaning from leadership

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Asking Whether Leaders Are Born or Made Is the Wrong Question

Asking Whether Leaders Are Born or Made Is the Wrong Question | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
The traits that help us get promoted aren't the ones that make us effective managers.
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The myth that leaderships effectiveness cannot be developed is a dangerous myth....

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Why Good Managers Are So Rare

Why Good Managers Are So Rare | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Gallup data shows they have a combination of hard-to-teach traits.
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Not convinced its hard to teach these skills to  average managers so that they can be good/great. However, do agree that someone who is a natural at these will always have an advantage and should be picke for the managerial obs.

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Four Steps to Developing Yourself and Others

Four Steps to Developing Yourself and Others | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Studies by the Hay Group, Aon Hewitt, Towers Watson, Gallup, and other consulting firms have clearly established the important role leaders play in an employee’s well-being, engagement, and perform...
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Constant development is the name of the game:-)

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Erica Sosna: Why Employee Engagement is Key

Erica Sosna: Why Employee Engagement is Key | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
It might sound ‘soft’ but employee engagement offers a proven methodology for driving ‘hard’ business outcomes. Erica Sosna, engagement and …
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engagement = satisfaction + contribution

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4 Critical Traits of Great Leaders

4 Critical Traits of Great Leaders | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Whether you're already a business owner or aspire to be, keep these points in mind when trying to lead a team an inspire greatness in others.
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The fine art of leading others begins with passion, positivity and caring about others!

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Change Leader, Change Thyself

Change Leader, Change Thyself | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it

Organizational change is inseparable from individual change. Simply put, change efforts often falter because individuals overlook the need to make fundamental changes in themselves. Anyone who pulls the organization in new directions must look inward as well as outward.



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Profile awareness and state awareness looks like an interesting idea:-)

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Anne Landreat's curator insight, April 4, 2014 1:26 AM
Organizations don’t change—people do
Joyce Layman's curator insight, April 4, 2014 12:25 PM

An American Management Association study of Fortune 500 companies found that “…less than 50% of changes in their organizations were successful, and that employee resistance was the main reason for failures.”  This is why it's necessary to focus on the person.

Susan Burnell's curator insight, April 4, 2014 12:43 PM

Change starts with awareness. This article has excellent insights, along with an easy-to-understand chart from Erica Ariel Fox on leaders' power sources and "sweet spots."

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12 Ways To Be Happier At Work In Less Than 10 Minutes - Business insider

12 Ways To Be Happier At Work In Less Than 10 Minutes - Business insider | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Flickr/SpreenklerWhat's the key to workplace happiness? If you ask bestselling author Sharon Salzberg, she'll tell you that it's a combination of knowing what
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remarkable mindfulness based tips to cultivate happiness on a daily basis!

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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, April 9, 2014 8:36 AM

My favorites are turning off the workplace momentum for a break, and mono-tasking, a word we didn't use before. Her example is a good one: just enjoy that cup of coffee or tea by itself. I like taking short breathing breaks to break the momentum, and come back to work a few minutes later re-focused.

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How To Create A Workplace People Love Coming To

How To Create A Workplace People Love Coming To | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it

od Glassdoor recently announced their sixth annual Employees' Choice Awards, which uses employee ratings to determine the top 50 places to work. Here's...

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All good and necessary ingredients:-)

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 3, 2014 8:20 AM

Key to engagement and enhanced productivity...

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 9, 2014 8:31 PM

People do matter and feel they are heard when they go to a place they love to go to. When this happens, they trust people they work with.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 28, 2014 1:34 PM

For the first 15 years of my teaching career, I loved to go to work. It actually was not work. For the last 5-7 years, I had to make sure that the bosses I worked for did not deny me the love of what I did. Healthy relationships are at the heart of work. It is rarely about money and perks.

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5 Reasons You Need To Instill Values In Your Organization

5 Reasons You Need To Instill Values In Your Organization | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
We all know that a good company culture makes for happier employees. But when the culture goes beyond that--to core values everyone works by--the...
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Focus on values and strengths cannot be overemphasized:-)

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Try This One Phrase to Make Feedback 40% More Effective

Try This One Phrase to Make Feedback 40% More Effective | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it

Employees deserve feedback. So we give it--sometimes with great results, sometimes not so much.

But there's one phrase you can use that will instantly improve the impact of the feedback you give--whether the actual feedback is positive or negative.

The following comes from Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code (one of the few books I actually give to friends) and The Little Book of Talent (a book I've written about before) and ablog about performance improvement that belongs on your must-read list.


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Expect the people to perform better and they end up performing better:-)

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Tracee Orman's curator insight, March 30, 2014 9:58 AM

Writing this one phrase on students' papers boosted student performance by 40%. So simple...

Elizabeth Bowden's curator insight, April 2, 2014 10:01 AM

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I'm giving you these comments because I have very high expectations and I know that you can reach them.

That's it: just 19 words. But those words are powerful because they are not really feedback. They're a signal that creates something more powerful: a sense of belonging and connection.

Looking closer, the phrase contains several distinct signals:

1)    You are part of this group.

2)    This group is special; we have higher standards here.

3)    I believe you can reach those standards."

U-M Human Resource Development's curator insight, April 11, 2014 4:04 PM

Everyday leaders can achieve extraordinary results by being attentive! Great article!

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Return On Self-Awareness: Research Validates The Bottom Line Of Leadership Development

Return On Self-Awareness: Research Validates The Bottom Line Of Leadership Development | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
The phrase nosce teipsum, know thyself, has been a classic theme throughout history.  We discover it in the writings of great thinkers, such as Socrates, Ovid, Cicero, in the sayings of the Seven Sages of Greece, on the entrance to the Temple of Apollo, in early Christian writings, in Vedic [...]
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Know thyself!

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Daniel Goleman: The Truth About What Makes A Great Leader

Daniel Goleman: The Truth About What Makes A Great Leader | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
I recently had the pleasure of catching up again with Daniel Goleman, who is an internationally known psychologist that lectures frequently to professional groups, business audiences, and on college campuses. Goleman reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for many years. His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence was on [...]
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How To Make Work Matter

How To Make Work Matter | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
It’s the great challenge of leadership: how to inspire employees to bring their best selves to work and deliver consistent, stellar performance. It is accepted wisdom that happy (ok, I will even take content) employees are better performers. While there is much truth to this, it can lead to some common leadership [...]
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I'm hovering towards being a helicopter boss; hope my frequent visits are more towards getting to know what is bothering people and is not seen as a micro-management tactic.

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John Michel's curator insight, March 16, 2014 12:29 PM

Happiness is a loaded word in our culture, and in our workplace cultures. It’s important to keep in mind that we all have our own personal definition of happiness. But I firmly believe that a fulfilling career is a direct result of doing work that matters – that engages us mind, heart, and soul. Leaders can’t force employees into the zone, but they can certainly facilitate and nurture the process and make this more of a reality by making decisions that keep this in mind. And for employees – it’s a satisfying challenge if you decide to make it matter.

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The Science of ‘Paying It Forward’

The Science of ‘Paying It Forward’ | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
How generosity among strangers becomes socially contagious.
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Pay-it-forward; don't thank, but share this with others

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John Michel's curator insight, March 16, 2014 1:35 AM

Research suggests that the next time you stop to help a stranger, you may be helping not only this one particular individual but potentially many others downstream. And who knows? In the end, maybe what goes around will come around.

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Experts - Born or Made?

A response to the raging debate in 'Intelligence'
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my latest PT blog-post in response to the ongoing debate in 'Intelligence' journal.

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8 Ways to Say No Without Hurting Your Image

8 Ways to Say No Without Hurting Your Image | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
If you want something done, ask a busy person. The old saying rings true, but it also spells doom for that busy person. When you develop a reputation for being responsive and generous, an ever
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This article is not about saying no; but helping others and yourself while still saying no!

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