10 Success Strategies for Managers

Barbara Kline, Serial Entrepreneur and CEO/Founder of the Breakthru Center for entrepreneurs interviewed me on her radio show about the 10 Success Strategies for Managers. The 10 Success Strategies for Managers that we discuss in the interview are:

Zip Your Lips
Give It Away
Meet, Meet, Meet
Ask, Don’t Tell
Don’t Let ‘Em Push Your Buttons
Love ‘Em or They’ll Leave Ya
Context is King
Attitude of Gratitude
Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time
Take a Break Today and Do More With Less

Read More

How to Set Goals for the New Year that Will Work!

How to Set Goals for the New Year that Will Work!

If you are like most people (including me) setting New Year’s goals seems like a good idea, but usually is a dismal failure. If you want to be successful this year, try using some wisdom from Appreciative Inquiry.

Read More

A Simple Formula to Generate Positivity in Your Life and Workplace

My first assignment for them was to keep their What Went Well log, a tool developed by the positive psychologist Martin Seligman, and something that I have written about on the Appreciative Leaders and Organizations Blog before. You can read about the WWW exercise here, but in a nutshell, it helps you focus on the positives in your life–the positives that our brains don’t see when we are swamped by negativity.

Read More

Behavioral Economics: What’s Up With That Mindset?

[An Economist article about the work of Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman’s new book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, describes how our mindsets warp our decision-making. ] Try one of his tests: If you were given £50 and were told that you could ‘keep’ £20 or must ‘lose’ £30—which would you do?

If you are like the participants in Kahneman’s research you would say that you want to keep £20 because “keeping” something feels instantly better than “losing” something–even though the outcomes are identical!

He also shows that it is more threatening to say that a disease kills ‘1,286 in every 10,000 people’, than to say it kills ‘24.14% of the population’, even though the second mention is twice as deadly. Vivid language often overrides basic arithmetic.”

Read More

Ellen Langer, PhD: Priestess of Possibility

“Not only do we as individuals get locked into single-minded views, but we also reinforce these views for each other until the culture itself suffers the same mindlessness.” ~ Ellen Langer, PhD I am a big fan of Ellen Langer. I call her the “Priestess of Possibility.” Since I call myself an “Agent of Possibility” that is close to being God in my book. I revere her because she lives by never accepting “No” for an answer. When she hears, “No,” she asks, “Why not.”

Read More

Serve a Healthy Helping of Thanks with your Turkey This Year!

Giving Thanks by Dr. Lynn K. Jones Life CoachYou might not like your family sweet potato recipe, but there is nothing not to like about gratitude. “Gratitude is the “forgotten factor” in happiness research” says Emmons. Expressing gratitude in your daily life might even have a protective effect on staving off certain forms of psychological disorders. Emmons’ research suggests that by making a habit of focusing on and appreciating the positive aspects of life you cultivate higher levels of psychological well-being and, it turns out, a lower risk of certain forms of psychopathology.–by Dr. Lynn K. Jones, Life Coach

Read More

Are Leaders Who Lead with Positivity Pollyannas?

“Every exemplary leader that I have met, has what seems to be an unwarranted degree of optimism – and that helps generate the energy and commitment necessary to achieve results.” ~Warren Bennis

This was a question that a group of thoughtful and reflective nonprofit leaders grappled with at the first “Courageous Conversations Alumni Forum” of the Courage to Lead training program for nonprofit leaders. I was honored to facilitate what was indeed a “courageous conversation.” Sigrid Wright, an executive with the Santa Barbara nonprofit, Community Environmental Council (CEC), wrote her reflections of that day, which are reprinted here with her permission and with the permission of Courage to Lead. — Dr. Lynn K. Jones, Certified Personal and Executive Coach

Read More

Curiosity: Don’t Leave Home Without It

I recently attended the International Coach Federation annual conference in Las Vegas where Michael J Gelb, spoke. He described Leonardo da Vinci as the “universal archetype of all our human potential.” Gelb believes that we can all unlock our hidden geniuses if we follow da Vinci’s lead. He delineates 5 ways to do that, but the first and most important principle is what he calls, “Curiosità. The insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.”

Read More