Author Archives: Pam

What you choose to focus on

Went to an Action for Happiness talk by Tal Ben Shahar and he left us with a really useful set of messages: 1. Focus on what’s good 2. Ask questions that help us find solutions rather than focus on the … Continue reading

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Meaning – a great case study

The most recent edition of People Management (March 2014) contains an article on an SME, Fittleworth, which highlights the importance of authenticity when creating a culture with meaning, purpose and compassion. Frittleworth’s business is not glamorous – it is a … Continue reading

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Best Possible Self – Day Three – Eureka

Over the past three mornings I have been engaged in an exercise aimed at increasing my levels of joy. What I’ve found is that it has increased my levels of creativity. So much so that I’ve managed to build the … Continue reading

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How to be your best possible self

I am embarking on a 3 day writing exercise to boost my levels of joy. The Best Possible Self (BPS) exercise is one originally used by Pennebaker to help trauma victims get over the trauma by writing about their experience.The … Continue reading

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Employees want emotional support but can managers give it?

This blog summarises major research that appeared throughout 2013 on the leader – follower relationship and appeared in the BPS Occupational Research Digest. It raises questions about the emotional expectations of workers today and the value, if any, of the … Continue reading

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Play to your strengths to create a meaningful life

I love this article by Bridget-Grenville-Cleave which appeared in Positive Psychology news. It so neatly highlights not only the importance of playing to our strengths, but by doing so, it is possible to create a meaningful life.   —-   … Continue reading

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Don’t search for meaning, otherwise you’ll never find it

Most recently, the term ‘meaning’ has entered the business lexicon. So much so that McKinsey have developed a ‘meaning quotient’ to measure the level of meaning within an organisation. ‘Meaning’ and finding meaning in one’s work has become the new … Continue reading

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How to build ownership – write your own lottery ticket.

Daniel Kahneman is a psychologist I admire alot. In a TED talk he shared some surprising results of an experiment. During the experiment, half the participants were randomly assigned a lottery ticket, the other half were given a blank piece … Continue reading

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Make work meaningful by not putting the organisation first

We’ve had IQ, then EQ and now, according to McKinsey, we have MQ – meaning quotient. MQ refers to the peak performance experience involving high stakes; excitement; a challenge; and something that the individual feels matters, will make a diference … Continue reading

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Emotions are catchy – do we need to be innoculated?

Emotions are a crucial aspect of how we experience our day to day working lives. They are seen as useful markers of optimal well being and experiencing more positive than negative emotions contributes to our happiness. There are significant benefits … Continue reading

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