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From Self-Criticism to Self-Inquiry

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Question mark - professional
Many times after a business or work meeting, especially those involving one-on-one interaction, I would leave the meeting and a voice in my head would say:

  • You should have said _____.
  • Why didn’t you bring up _____? Why did you hold back?
  • You could have been smoother when you were discussing ____.
  • The other person wasn’t receptive to my idea about ___. I should have explained it better.

And on and on my thinking would go.


Strengths + Passion = Happiness

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Work happiness
I enjoy bringing my strengths to my work. I express my curiosity as I open up each new e-mail message, I express hope as I help clients work through struggles, and I express love (warmth and genuineness) with my colleagues as we discuss new ideas and process daily work happenings. This fills me with a greater passion and commitment to my work.

How about you? Do you express your highest character strengths each day at your job?

The research has been clear:


Positive Self-Talk Will Help Your Team (If You Take the Right Approach)

Friday, September 14th, 2012

mans unides
As a member of a team, consider these two possible scenarios:

1.) You focus on your personal strengths and abilities.

2.) You focus on the strengths and abilities of your team.

Which approach is more likely to perform better?


Signature Strengths at Work: Four or More is Best

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Businesswoman consulting a partner

Here’s a question that scientists are saying can really matter:


 

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