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Are you aware of culture?

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Lately, I discussed communication in my Personal Positive Power series to make a positive difference. But are you aware of how your communication is influenced by the culture you’re part of? Geert Hofstede, the Dutch culture researcher and one of my true gurus (I love his work) says: Culture reproduces itself. You learn when to be proud and when to …

Being Positive

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Guest post by Graham Williams. “The frames our minds create define – and confine – what we perceive to be possible. Every problem, every dilemma, every dead end we find ourselves facing in life, only appears unsolvable inside a particular frame or point of view”. That is what Rosamund Stone & Benjamin Zander explain in their book The Art of …

Compassion at Work

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Compassion at Work is a really important book for people to read and, moreover, to apply. As Fred Kofman wrote in Conscious Business, “There are no death camps in corporations, but many apparently successful companies hide great suffering in their basements.” Is it really that bad? There are still too many organizations where it is that bad. That’s why the …

Falling in Flow

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Guest post by Ajit Mathur. When was the last time you were so engaged in an activity that you simply lost track of the time? And you were enjoying it so much that you wanted it to go on and on? What were you doing? Painting, or playing piano, or playing tennis, or talking to a group on your favorite …

How Positivity helped me forward

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Guest post by Pete Grosse. As an entrepreneur focused on workplace culture, engagement and providing the optimum environments for people to do the best work they can, I strive to promote positive power every day. Why? Because I know first-hand how it feels to be disengaged from work and to feel the specter of negativity (my own and that of …

Conversations that Count

Do your conversations count?

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Guest Post by Graham Williams In ancient Hindu, Sumer, Roman and in Greek civilizations conversations were crucial to progress. Practiced by the Knights of the Round Table, group conversation was the engine of the Renaissance. Conversations enlivened French salons, and are integral to early Aboriginal, Maori, African cultures. Shaka Zulu’s UK UXO Xa impi were motivational warrior conversations around a …

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The 21 best articles on Positive Leadership, Culture, and Change

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Here are the 21 best articles on Positive Leadership, Culture, and Change to date… My intention is to inspire toward positive organizations where both people and performance thrive. Positive organizations are better at change, more innovative, competitive, profitable, and they contribute to the world – while engaged people spread their positive vibes in their private and public lives. You can …

What story do you tell yourself? About learned optimism and success

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Why do some people walk so much easier through life than others? And why do others attract bad luck, time and again? Maybe some people are born under a lucky star. Is the universe unfair? Is life a random sequence of events? Or is there some correlation between cause and effect? What if good fortune is the result of an …

Humble Inquiry – by Edgar Schein

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Creating positive relationships and effective organizations Why is it so important to learn to ask better questions? In an increasingly complex, interdependent and culturally diverse world, we cannot hope to instantly understand and work with people from different occupational, professional and national cultures. Says Edgar Schein in his recent book “Humble Inquiry”. Humble Inquiry is the fine art of drawing …

The Ties that Bind: Forging Emotional Connections That Count And That Last

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In order to be effective, leaders need to connect authentically with their staff and potential partners. Sales and service people need to connect with their customers. People in different silos in the same firm need to connect with and understand each other. And at a time of increasing diversity, our sensitivity to the rules of engagement across cultural, religious, age …

Henna Inam: “We are Wired for Authenticity”

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It was on a transatlantic flight, more than five years ago, that Henna Inam started to understand she had been lying to herself about who she really was. “Sure, I was happy. I was flying back from Switzerland to Mexico where I ran a branch of a multinational corporation. I was recognized for my team’s business building results, one of …

Listening with the Ear in the Chest By Graham Williams

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Listening but not hearing Perhaps, over the years since Socrates developed dialogue, Madame Rambouillet organized conversation in salons, and the heigh day of Samuel (Doctor) Johnson, the art of conversation and listening has declined. Perhaps this current age of electronic interactions will see further decline. And perhaps this is happening when better communication is most needed – not least of …