Appreciative Inquiry: You’re Great, We’re All Great.

The psychologists point to the love songs young people sing to themselves today. Instead of “we” and “us” the lyrics are studded with “I” and “me”, as in “I’m bringing sexy back” and “It’s blazin’, you watch me in amazement.” This raises a red flag: a self-centered attitude and narcissism blunts effective emotional intelligence and can get in the way of great performance.

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Courage: A Bi-Product of Self-Care

So why is taking care of ourselves good for the Earth? Because we are all socially interconnected, when we feel better, others around us feel better too. Like throwing a stone into a pond, good feeling ripples outward and impacts those around us–in our families, our workplaces and our communities.

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USC is On the Cutting Edge with Virtual Social Work Training

It is no secret that the University of Southern California (USC) has a great social work school. It is also no secret that there is a shortage of trained social workers, especially in rural areas. Dr. Lynn K. Jones signing on to teach her class at the USC School of Social Work Virtual Academy
Dr. Lynn K. Jones signing on to teach her class at the USC School of Social Work Virtual Academy

Thanks to a recent innovation of the USC School of Social Work, that problem may be solved! Using the latest web sharing technology, students in training to be social workers around the world can now take advantage of a live classroom at USC with their instructor.

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The Art of Playing

Working is an essential part of life, but dreading Monday mornings or a time clock is not. How much of our creative process at work relies on our ability to make sure we have play time? Most of it! Making sure to balance play or even integrating play into our work enables higher productivity and better results.

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Miss the Mark? Try Again!

As individuals, most of us make our day’s work that of aiming for excellence. With this kind of motivation, it is easy to get trapped in the mindset that there is a right way to do something and if that way becomes compromised then we’ve failed.

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Accepting the Challenge of Change Leads to Rich Rewards!

Recently, I was invited to speak to a group of people who are in the midst of life change—either looking for jobs or wanting to shifting to owning their own business, following what their true passions are. Reinventing oneself is hard to do—there is nothing easy about breaking free from what you feel is security and opening yourself up into the process of re-creation.

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Stop Beating Yourself Up!

New research reveals that people who have what’s called self-compassion, who don’t berate themselves for perceived failures like being overweight or not exercising, may suffer less depression and anxiety, tend to be happier and more successful in meeting life goals.

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You are Who You Are: There’s No Comparison!

Part of my work, when coaching teams and organizations, involves nurturing that which resides within each individual person and making that work to its fullest potential rather than striving to gain qualities we do not currently possess.

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