Monthly archive - November 2015

Exhilarate 2016: Canadian Positive Psychology Association Announces the 3rd Annual Conference

The 3rd Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology

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The Canadian Positive Psychology Association’s 2016 Conference has been announced with Keynotes, and calls for papers and workshops. The conference, in Niagara Falls, is in June. I’m excited by the momentum and honored to be speaking on the idea of the Ai shift from “conscious evolution” to “conscious co-elevation”…   along with Barbara Fredrickson, Kim Cameron, Lea Waters, Caroline Adams Miller, Ryan Niemiec, Shannon Polly and others. Lots of inspiring people, workshops, and organizations–thanks Sajel Rogers for your leadership!

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Be Curious. Teach Curious.

To some it may seem strange to be advocating curiosity when everyone else is suggesting we all learn coding,

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This law teacher is advocating that we educate for curiosity and not coding. She draws lessons from her relentless four year old: “These days my four year old is like those pitching machines used to help improve batting, but instead of balls, it is a fast pace bombardment of why, how, when, and the worst one of all, but you said. Everything to him is novel and potentially engrossing and amazing.

A curious mind is flexible. It takes risks, but nothing for granted.  If the recent economic downturn has taught us anything, it is has taught us that the future will require a broad set of skills to be successful and the composition of those skills will alter and necessitate updating at a more frequent pace than in the past. Business leaders taught the importance of innovations. I think we should take one step back. Curiosity is the precursor to innovation. The continual desire to know and to learn helps to prevent obsolescence.

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AIM2FLOURISH by Roberta Baskin

Epiphany is defined as a “sudden and striking realization.” But it doesn’t work that way with me. My epiphanies sometimes simmer gently for years, particularly one that emerged in the aftermath of a class I took on Appreciative Inquiry, taught by its guru, Professor David Cooperrider. Because I was a journalist long outraged by the corporate malfeasance I exposed as a network correspondent, David invited me to learn about asking questions from a new perspective. This caused me to shift my view. But I was a journalist, after all, and stubborn. The process was a slow conversion, indeed.

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Robert Baskin, a former 20-20 reporter and award winning journalist, is showing the way to a new kind of journalism that is mindful and focused not just on bad news, but stories of images and voices of hope. She discusses, in her recent article, how we’re living in a time where all around us there’s a global shift in consciousness toward optimism. The world is wearying of the worn-out narrative thread about everything that is wrong. There’s an energy coalescing around a solution-driven, energetic, we’re-in-this-together framework. You can find it popping up in online news sites that are devoted to good news. In a sign of the times, the Huffington Post started a section called Good News,1 as well as an even newer one called Impact: What’s Working.2 One of the earliest adopters, the Good News Network3 is all about providing good news to its one and a half million unique visitors a month. The Solutions Journalism Network4 is a project co-founded by two New York Times columnists who are training newsrooms to do solutions-driven reporting about social problems. Roberta and the whole team from the Weatherhead School of Management–from the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit–have added to this movement with an amazing website called www.AIM2Flourish.com ….check it out.  And participate. If you could spotlight any organization that is innovating in some way to create full spectrum flourishing–innovations that are not doing just less harm but radically creating net-positive good for the world and the business–what innovation would you want to spotlight? On the website simply add your spotlight to the section called “sightings” and soon young people and others interested in advancing “business as an agent of world benefit” will pick up the sighting and will do more extensive interviews.

As the great Joseph Campbell once remarked about cultural transformation: “awe is what moves us forward.”

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The Purpose-Driven Workforce Is 42 Million Strong and Growing

The report argues that purpose-oriented employees do better work, have higher well-being, stay in their jobs for longer and are better ambassadors for their employers. Organizations should therefore look to identify purposeful people and promote and retain them.

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Increasingly we are speaking about the purpose-driven economy–and companies that "do good and do well" as a matter of industry leadership, inspired innovation, high engagement of people, and everyday operations. Now a new report raises an interesting question. How many purpose driven individuals are there in the typical workforce? The  new report puts numbers to the motives driving our daily toil. Twenty-eight percent of the U.S. workforce—42 million out of 150 million people—is purpose-oriented, while the rest, suggests the report, they’re just going to work every day.  With the help of NYU professors, this imperative report offers a baseline. Soon we will be able to track the growth in the purpose driven workforce. Why is this important? The report argues that purpose-oriented employees do better work, have higher well-being, stay in their jobs for longer and are better ambassadors for their organizations. 

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