leadership

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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Sometimes, you just gotta ask

By Lisa Sansom / January 10, 2014 / 1 Comment

A friend of ours was recently driving in upper state New York, and following a car along the twisty turny back country roads. The car that he was following suddenly stopped in the middle of the road – no hazard lights or turn signals flashing – so he stopped behind it. He looked to see […]

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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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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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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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Reciprocity: what can I do for you?

By Lisa Sansom / November 9, 2012 / 3 Comments

This is the fourth article in my series about the 2012 MAPP Summit, which took place in Philadelphia October 2012. Previous articles are here and here and here.  Dr. Adam Grant was a new instructor at Wharton, as far as I recall, when I did my MAPP (Master of Applied Positive Psychology) program at the University of Pennsylvania. […]

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