Positive Power – Overview Part One

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Welcome to this overview of the first 18 blog posts from my next book: “Positive Power at Work – How to make a positive difference from any position.” You can make a positive difference from any position, without needing permission or resources from others. This book will help you see positive possibilities and (re)claim your positive agency. Unstuck yourself and …

Giving or taking? It depends on your mindset

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Next, let’s move from the Theory X or Y employees, and Hyatt’s scarcity and abundance thinkers, to the givers, takers, and matchers from Wharton professor Adam Grant’s research (from his book “Give and Take – Why helping others drives our success”). Which worldview and associated behaviors prevail in your workplace? Grant: Taker, Matcher, or Giver According to Grant, there are …

Hyatt: Scarcity or Abundance

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What replaces fear? The ability to trust the abundance of life. Old wisdom traditions distinguish two ways to live life: from fear and scarcity or from trust and abundance. Today’s executive and life coaches teach practically the same. The abundance belief operates as “a helpful thought” that enables people to tap into their potential. People will try and achieve more …

Do you believe in abundance or scarcity?

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From Eisenstein’s philosophical broad view that we saw in the earlier post, let’s tune into a more practical application. When we study what the conventional mindset assumes about workplaces and employees, what comes to mind immediately is Theory X as defined by Douglas McGregor. Theory X and Y Theory X assumes that people: Dislike work and will try to avoid …

Mindset: Separation or Interbeing?

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We’ve explored our mental map. Today, let’s see what a positive mindset entails. To clearly discern the positive mindset of possibilities, it is easy to contrast it with the conventional mental map. Even though that may be too dualistic it makes things clear. The conventional mental map and its positive opposite go by many different names, depending on the author. …

How do you increase your impact?

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Otto Scharmer (lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-founder of the Presencing Institute) wondered about the nature of change and developed Theory U based on his research, together with Peter Senge and Joseph Jaworski. One of the research questions was: Why do some tools work well in the hands of some change practitioners, while in other cases no …

Can your smile make a difference?

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All 7 billion people together are continuously changing the world. You and me, the readers of this blog, we can decide to be positive agents who aim for positive change. One small act at a time, we’ll influence others and send positive ripples through our global system. Now that you know you make a difference and that you cannot always …

Your positive impact anywhere, anytime, in any role

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Even if you work in a mean, power-prone, greedy, polluting, unethical corporation – you can increase your positive impact. It’s for you to decide whether you’d have more leverage within that hostile environment or outside, in another position or role. The point is: you can choose to start the change right here and now. If you stay, if you are …