positive workplaces

What does it mean to catch someone doing something right?

By Lisa Sansom / February 15, 2014 / 6 Comments

The power of positive reinforcement has been shown to be highly effective and motivational, but there seem to be some common misunderstandings about what it means to “catch someone doing something right”. In my consulting and personal experience, here are some common misconceptions about catching people doing things right, and the remedies that I recommend. […]

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Scaling Up Excellence – a book review

By Lisa Sansom / February 10, 2014 / 0 Comments

I was pretty excited to get a copy of Scaling Up Excellence because I have really admired the work done by Robert Sutton, author of important business books like Good Boss, Bad Boss  and the ever-popular No Asshole Rule. Author Bob Sutton may be better known for The No-Asshole Rule but that shouldn’t deter anyone from picking up […]

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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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What really motivates you? A book review of "Focus"

By Lisa Sansom / January 17, 2014 / 2 Comments

I have been a fan of Heidi Grant Halvorson since her book Succeed came out in 2011. I was so enthralled that I took a course from Dr. Halvorson through MentorCoach (which is a really great resource for positive psychology speakers and insights – you should put yourself on their mailing list). I blogged about Heidi’s course […]

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Engagement through Post-It notes

By Lisa Sansom / August 27, 2013 / 3 Comments

The other day, I was doing work at work – weird, I know, but stay with me. I was manipulating a lot of different ideas, and the way I like to do this is with Post-It notes. One idea per note, stick them up on a big blank wall (or window, or white board, or […]

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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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