Breaking news: People hate performance reviews!

By Lisa Sansom / February 1, 2014 / 0 Comments

I recently posted some “breaking news” to my Facebook and Twitter feeds about how a recent study confirmed, again and again and again, that people really hate performance reviews. This is no surprise really to anyone working in an organization. Even though in an organization where I consult, our recent employee engagement survey indicated that while people […]

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Profit from the Positive – book review (and it's excellent!)

By Lisa Sansom / August 8, 2013 / 2 Comments

You know how, when you go away on vacation, there’s always a little let-down when you come back home? Sort of like “what will I look forward to now?” Well that feeling was completely gone when I went through the mail and found a copy of Profit from the Positive by Margaret Greenberg and Senia Maymin […]

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What does "positive psychology" really mean?

By Lisa Sansom / December 21, 2012 / 1 Comment

I was recently asked to review a book for an online publication. In the interests of protecting the not-so-innocent, I won’t mention the book and I won’t mention the online publication, but I will say that the book had the words “positive psychology” in the title, which is why I was asked to review it. […]

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Do men and women respond differently in times of stress?

By Lisa Sansom / July 6, 2012 / 0 Comments

A week or so ago, I was able to attend a workshop featuring Margaret Wheatley. For those who don’t know her (and haven’t clicked through to her website), Margaret Wheatley is an organizational consultant who has been working very successfully in the field for nearly four decades. In that time, of course, she has seen […]

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The problem with smart people

By Lisa Sansom / July 4, 2012 / 6 Comments

When I was doing my MBA, I was fortunate enough to take a course from the Dean of the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto) Roger Martin. The course was titled “Learning to Learn” (or something close to that) and was largely based on the work of Chris Argyris, and it was truly transformational. […]

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Working with teams: a strengths-based approach

By Lisa Sansom / June 4, 2012 / 0 Comments

I do a lot of work with teams and there are two specific tools that I like them to know about to increase their chances to achieving high-performance status: the positivity ratio and strengths-spotting. The positivity ratio is the notion that people, relationships and teams flourish when the ratio of positive emotions to negative emotions […]

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