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2 04, 2013

What is your positivity ratio?

Tue, Apr 2, 2013|Filed in: Paul's blog|Topics: , , , |Comments Off on What is your positivity ratio?

In a 2005 article in American Psychologist, Barbara Fredrickson and Marcial Losada suggest that ratios of positive to negative emotions above about 3-to-1 and below about 11-to-1 are what humans need to flourish. In separate research studies — Fredrickson on positive emotions and Losada on characteristics of high-performing business teams — each found a 3.0 tipping-point.

22 02, 2012

Starting the new year in March

Wed, Feb 22, 2012|Filed in: Exercises, meeting designs & questions|Topics: , , |1 Comment

December, January and February 2011-12 flew by at rapid speed, filled with activities to complete projects, entertain house guests, travel and sing a once-in-a-lifetime event. March starts my new year with a few days of reflection on 2011 and futuring about what's next. In case this sounds like your life, here are the starting questions I'm asking myself for this new year.

30 11, 2011

Improving self-awareness with the Johari Window

Wed, Nov 30, 2011|Filed in: Paul's blog|Topics: , , , , |Comments Off on Improving self-awareness with the Johari Window

The Johari Window describes a fundamental process for improving emotional intelligence. Developed in the 1950s by American psychologists Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham, the model is especially relevant with today's emphasis on improving ‘soft’ skills — behavior, empathy, cooperation, collaboration, inter-group development and interpersonal development.

7 11, 2011

Key learnings from Daniel Kahneman: Thinking, fast and slow

Mon, Nov 7, 2011|Filed in: Books, Paul's blog|Topics: , , , , |Comments Off on Key learnings from Daniel Kahneman: Thinking, fast and slow

From a lecture by Daniel Kahneman, presented by Skeptics Society at CalTech, Sunday, November 6, 2011. In Thinking, fast and slow (2011), Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative and more logical.

3 11, 2011

Key learnings from Steven Pinker: The better angels of our nature

Thu, Nov 3, 2011|Filed in: Books, Paul's blog|Topics: , |Comments Off on Key learnings from Steven Pinker: The better angels of our nature

Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species's existence. For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, pogroms, gruesome punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, Pinker shows (with the help of more than a hundred graphs and maps) all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned. How has this happened?

11 10, 2011

Steve Jobs: Inspiring us to be extraordinary

Tue, Oct 11, 2011|Filed in: Paul's blog|Topics: , , , , , |Comments Off on Steve Jobs: Inspiring us to be extraordinary

Since the passing of Steve Jobs, I've been wondering, what does it take to be extraordinary? Extraordinary may be easier to achieve when the focus is creating and delivering products that delight customers. Two former Apple employees give us a glimpse into creating extraordinary products.

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