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Scott Sonnon: Flipping Challenges & Problems Into Assets - The Positivity Project

Posted March 12, 2013

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 Note From Jim:

Great stuff!  I gained great knowledge from Scott Sonnon last night. Thanks Scott!!!  Among other concepts this included Scott's four point method for turning negatives into positives (Awareness, Gratefulness, Kindness, Diligence); how to flip a problem into an asset; and strategies to reduce stress, heighten focus, and increase composure through breathing.

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Talent Development Question: Setbacks & Resiliency- "What good can we make of this?" - A Mother's Thoughtful, Loving, and Change-Empowering Query

Posted March 13, 2013

Talent Development Question: Setbacks & Resiliency- "What good can we make of this?" - A Mother's Thoughtful, Loving, and Change-Empowering Query

Note From Jim:

Talent development coach Wally Bock comments that growth, understanding, and change are powered by STRUGGLE and that when it comes to talent development, we must better prepare ourselves and our people for growing from ADVERSITY.

In the spirit of my post of yesterday sharing insights spoken by Scott Sonnon (Flip Challenges Into Assets), i...

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Manage Your Bullies Well

Posted April 4, 2013

NOTE FROM JIM

How well do you navigate bullying and toxic behavior, be it from managers, subordinates, colleagues, clients, board directors, investors, or from those in your personal life? Yes, those emotional manipulators. You’ve had a few of them in your life, no?

Do you let them loose your composure or take you by surprise? How have you responded? What best to do?

Each of us is responsible for our own behavior regardless of circumstance. There will always be others around us who don't. Don't take ...

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Sources of Confidence - Men Vs. Woman

Posted April 23, 2013

NOTE FROM JIM

Related to my post of yesterday regarding our blind spots, one of my favorite cerebral thinkers, David Brooks of the New York Times, raises interesting questions about gender based attitudes connected with CONFIDENCE.

Does our source of confidence differ by gender? How so? And if so, can our organizations achieve higher levels of performance, decision making, and behavior by optimizing sources of confidence throughout an organization?

To tickle your curiosity:

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Hold or Fold? - Should you hang in with discomfort or quit instead?

Posted June 10, 2013

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Is it better to persevere or to give in?  Research suggests that it depends.  Yes you should persevere to achieve those things that are possible, when they are largely within your control and the goal can be accomplished owing to your emerging  skills and competencies. 

Ken Nowack of Envisia Learning, one of my favorite bloggers, provides insight and recommendations drawing on research in this area.

To engage your curiosity I've provided some article excerpts below.  ...

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Freedom - Vote For And Choose The Habit Of Happiness

Posted July 7, 2013

NOTE FROM JIM

You've likely seen other of my previous posts that point to the wisdom and enthusiasm of Lionel Ketchian, the inspiration behind The Happiness Club.

Within the past 10 years or so, leaders, practitioners, and academics in the field of psychology have been studying the concept of optimizing human flourishing.  Research and practice indicate that "Happiness", "Optimism", and "Flow" (Flow – the state of being swept into an endeavor to the point of enjoying it so much that there is no notice of the ela...

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"Changing Our Minds IS Exactly Why We're Here"

Posted July 12, 2013

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What the world demands of us all:  Open-mindedness, the courage to allow others to challenge our beliefs, the power to display ignorance while modestly accepting that our current view may no longer apply, and the humility to sincerely consider contrary opinion. Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University spoke of these needs in his recent address to Columbia graduates.

To tickle your curiosities see the excerpts below.  Better still, access the text of the full address.

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How Regular Exercise Helps You Balance Work and Family

Posted January 6, 2014

NOTE FROM JIM

Writing for the Harvard Business Review, Assistant Professor Russell Clayton suggests that regular physical exercise, particularly for those with busy schedules, facilitates increased self-efficacy and counterintuitively, a mitigation of conflict between work and home roles.

To tickle your curiosity, see excerpts of Professor Clayton’s article below.  Better still, access his article: http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/01/how-regular-exercise-helps-you-balance-work-and-family/

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13 Things Mentally Strong People Donít Do

Posted January 8, 2014

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Amy Morin, a college professor, published author, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker shares a list of thirteen things mentally strong people DON’T allow themselves to do.  Have you mastered the art and discipline of being strong mentally?

To tickle your curiosities glean the excerpted listing below.  Better still, access Amy’s recent blog post to obtain a full appreciation of this important topic and other great lessons too. This article is  a “must read”. http://www.amymorinlcsw...

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Motivation

Posted January 17, 2014

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Need a little boost to get you going today?  In just 6 minutes and 12 seconds, Kalib Singh will fuel your passion:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUsHePihYO4&feature=youtu.be

 

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-          Only you can create the perfect time, the perfect opportunity, the perfect situation.

-          Avoid spiritual suicide by not fulfilling your goals … by get...

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Clumsy Feedback Is a Poorly Wrapped Gift - HBR

Posted April 17, 2014

NOTE FROM JIM

In a recent blog post on HBR, organizational psychologist Roger Schwartz  provides exceptional advice on embracing negative  feedback in ways that ultimately  enhance   one’s own performance.

He writes, “When you accept a person’s gift [of feedback] – no matter how poorly wrapped – by responding with curiosity and compassion, you are giving a gift in return. You are creating the trust needed to talk about things that really matter and that will lead to better results....

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The Happiness Zone Newsletter Ė 7 Questions Of Enlightenment - Have you questioned your unhappiness?

Posted April 1, 2015

Note From Jim:

You may recall from previous posts that I’m a Lionel Ketchian fan. I recommend that you subscribe to Lionel’s free monthly newsletter (Link below). I predict that by doing so, you'll enhance your experience of happiness.

In praise of Lionel’s powerful ongoing advice, I encourage a read of his most recent post which inspires us all to thrive. I trust that Lionel will welcome my nudge to have you follow his insights and those of his colleagues.

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By Lionel Ketchian

I have been ...

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