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20 04, 2015

The power of starting with ‘yes’

Mon, Apr 20, 2015|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , |Comments Off on The power of starting with ‘yes’

From Tony Schwartz in NY Times: I once served on a committee led by a powerful woman. She had strong views, but what I remember most is that whenever I spoke, she nodded her head vigorously and affirmatively. Over time, I learned that her nodding didn’t mean she necessarily agreed with me. Even so, I always sensed that she was listening closely and carefully considering what I had to say.

Today I make my living in part by speaking to large groups. Instinctively, I find myself scanning the audience for beacons of affirmation — people whose positive body language makes me feel valued and energized. If I happen to alight on someone shaking his head negatively or looking distracted or bored, I feel a lurch in my stomach and a surge of defensiveness. · Go to The power of starting with ‘yes’ →

28 08, 2013

How to accept criticism with grace and appreciation

Wed, Aug 28, 2013|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , , |Comments Off on How to accept criticism with grace and appreciation

From Leo Babuta at Zen Habits: How do you deal with criticism? I think the first reaction for most of us is to defend ourselves, or worse yet to lash back. And yet, while criticism can be taken as hurtful and demoralizing, it can also be viewed in a positive way: it is honesty, and it can spur us to do better. It’s an opportunity to improve. · Go to How to accept criticism with grace and appreciation →

3 04, 2013

10 appreciative things you can start doing today

Wed, Apr 3, 2013|Filed in: Exercises, meeting designs & questions|Topics: , |Comments Off on 10 appreciative things you can start doing today

Many find Appreciative Inquiry transformative — changing the way our mind perceives the world. Choose one of these appreciative practices and try it once a day for a week. At the end of the week ask yourself, “How do I see the world differently?” Then continue the practice for two weeks.

5 08, 2011

The value of reading your fan mail often

Fri, Aug 5, 2011|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , , , |Comments Off on The value of reading your fan mail often

From Tim Sanders: In all of our lives, we get 'fan mail'. Just think of it as written positive feedback: Thanks, you-made-a-difference, I'm influenced by your work, you are a good friend/colleague, etc. It trickles into our Inbox, sometimes in handwritten (classy) thank-you card format or even voice mails. What do you do with them? I suggest you collect them, and read/answer them as a therapeutic exercise. · Go to The value of reading your fan mail often →

10 06, 2011

Positive image, positive action: The affirmative basis of organizing

Fri, Jun 10, 2011|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , |Comments Off on Positive image, positive action: The affirmative basis of organizing

by David Cooperrider: This chapter orginally appeared in the 1990 edition of Appreciative Management and Leadership book edited by Srivastva and Cooperrider. This groundbreaking chapter is one of the classic articles discussing the theories around positive change in organizations. It discusses the power of positive imagery, the placebo effect in medicine, the pygmalion effect in education and human development, the relationship between positive-negative discourse in health, the balance of internal dialogue to emotional health, the effects of positive images on culture and the implications for management creating a theory of the affirmative organization. · Go to Positive image, positive action: The affirmative basis of organizing →

4 06, 2011

Babemba

Sat, Jun 4, 2011|Filed in: Quotes|Topics: , , , |Comments Off on Babemba

“In the Babemba tribe of South Africa, when a person acts irresponsibly or unjustly, he is placed in the center of the village, alone and unfettered. All work ceases, and every man, woman and child in the village gathers in a large circle around the accused. Then each person in the tribe, regardless of age, begins to talk out loud […]

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