Archives for June 2009
I have been a big fan of Ted Talks for a a few years and see it grow and grow in popularity. What relationship do you see between happiness and employee engagement?
Watch the following Ted Talk by Nancy Etcoff on the surprising science of happiness. If the video does not load in this window, click here.
Employee Engagement and are you positive?
Sour lemon. First off a confession, I have not nor will I ever be a positive thinker. When life throws me a lemon I do not make lemonade, I duck. Then I figure out where the lemon came from and what I can do about it.
I sour on the shallowness of much positive thinking. Having said that, I am enthralled with Barbara Fredrickson’s researched and authentic examination of positive psychology presented in her book, Positivity.
Positivity is not Polly Anna stuff.
Positivity does not mean we should follow the axioms “Grin and bear it” or “Don’t worry, be happy.” those are simply superficial wishes. Positivity runs deeper. It consists of the whole range of positive emotions — from appreciation to love, from amusement to joy, from hope to gratitude, and then some…positivity points to vital human moments. (p. 6)
Fredrickson’s book outlines the current research from positive psychology. In a future article I plan to outline the work of Marcial Losoda and his work on teams and interactions.
Take action. I encourage you to read the book and visit www.positivityratio.com right now for more information and to do take the positivity self-test.
Lets take a positivity approach to employee engagement.
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There is No Joy in Mudville
When did work
So much that we needed
To convince us to play?
Do we really need to flop
Over cubicle dividers
To demonstrate our laughter competency?
Forced fun feels phony.
Like spilt snake oil
Ponding on a boardroom table
While minutes are read
Hours are missed.
And venom stains the oak.
Meanwhile Guru Garry
Pinches clown noses to our faces
In a manta minute.
We chant, “HA HA HA HA!”
And with the last ha
Not from a belly laugh
But from humor hari kari.
If you try to get us to have fun
You don’t get it.
Because fun comes
All by itself
Like five year olds building castles
In a backyard sandbox.
Laughing away the day.
Until the streetlights come on
And darkness descends.
They must head home and leave kicking the castles apart.
Giggling as they go.
When did play leave our lives
We needed to learn
To lighten up.
The mighty Casey has struck out.
I just discovered this very awesome slide presentation on 10 business lessons learned. It is worth a look as the author/designer did such a fine job on being elegant, simple, and powerful. Kudos to presentations like this.
- What would your 10 lessons be?
- Can you also present them in an elegant way?