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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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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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Doing the best we can with what we have

By Lisa Sansom / July 12, 2013 / 3 Comments

There is a quote that is attributed to Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker, that starts like this: “Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph.” I didn’t even know this was a Zig Ziglar quote until I googled the phrase […]

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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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Positive job centres – free talk #5

By Lisa Sansom / December 1, 2012 / 1 Comment

My fifth “free talk on positive psychology” was delivered in the Niagara area, and the hotel where I stayed overlooked the Falls. Well, it would have had I been on the Falls side of the hotel. However, the view from the window near the elevator was lovely and I enjoyed a wonderful sunrise over the […]

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Free talk #4 – keynote to social service providers

By Lisa Sansom / November 22, 2012 / 0 Comments

I had a fabulous time presenting to the all-staff meeting of the KCHC (Kingston Community Health Centres) – a great organization that is widely diverse and provides great good to the Kingston community. The keynote was an overall review of the field of positive psychology. In less than an hour, I touched on where positive […]

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