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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