A hero is generally understood to be a person who is admired or idealised for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities—often scripted to 'save the day' in storytelling and to possess supernatural powers. When we look to Hollywood, we can see that in critical or life-changing situations, it is more likely that hopeful, productive, resilient, and optimistic characters will become the Hero, swooping in to claim victory.
Dr Robert Biswas-Diener is widely acknowledged as an authority on the application of positive psychology in coaching; he has published over 60 academic articles and is the author of seven books and counting. Our online learning community recently had the privilege of catching up with him, and it was no surprise to find him equally humble, insightful, and thought-provoking.
Employee wellbeing, satisfaction and engagement are all factors that drive business performance. When people feel happy, engaged and purposeful at work they typically do far better and are more committed than those who do not, contributing to a more positive and sustainable business.
Smart use of emotions can improve our capacity to work well with others, engage with our jobs, manage stress, handle conflict and make fast and effective decisions - essential skills in today’s fast-paced and increasingly disconnected world.
During the recent Happiness and Its Causes event, Sue Langley was delighted to be invited to interview David Cooperrider, who is well known as the ‘founder’ of Appreciative Inquiry (AI).
Today’s business environment is competitive and constantly changing, and leaders need to consider this fast-paced change as they adapt their leadership style to suit the conditions. Creating a balanced working environment where people, productivity and profits thrive is a significant component of success and this is where coaching comes in.
With so many organisations currently discussing and looking to address stress and burnout, we have to consider if we might be exacerbating the situation by focusing on the negative aspects of stress.
Emotional intelligence, according to the World Economic Forum, is going to be one of the most useful leadership traits for 2020. As the world changes, our ability to handle ourselves and lead others becomes more and more valuable.
Experienced coaches are able to use a number of models and interventions to help their clients. Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener suggests how you can become your own ally, to support yourself to achieve your goals.
Appreciative inquiry (AI) is a well-known method for large group collaboration and innovation. In contrast to the traditional deficit-based approach, AI is about the search for the best in people, their organisations, and the strengths-filled, opportunity-rich world around them.