Category Archives: Human Performance Improvement

Positive Psychology: Shifting from what’s wrong to what’s right

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In the field of training and HPI, we often spend a great deal of our time and resources finding out what’s wrong with individuals and organizations, but what if we shifted our assessment to also consider what is right? Two clinical psychologists created a movement when they asked psychologists to shift their view of therapy from pathology to potential. The discipline of

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Two Truths, No Lie: Positive Psychology

Dr. Martin Seligman is a mentor of mine in spirit. His day job however is being the father of Positive Psychology and its’ two supporting theories: the Authentic Happiness Theory (AHT) and the Well Being Theory (WBT). Spoiler alerts: He was brave enough to recant the first I am about to be brave enough to (respectfully!) recall it. Our story starts

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Don’t Fall into the Capability Trap: Does your organization work harder or smarter?

When organizations fall on hard times, as many do in our volatile market, the way they deal with the performance gap typically involves either working harder or working smarter. When organizations take the “work harder” path, they cut staff, increase hours and productivity, and push their constituents to do more with less. If this doesn’t pay off, then wages are

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Gaming Time Management: How to boost your productivity with game-based apps

It’s no surprise that Americans are obsessed with video games.  In just one year, (2013-2014) the time spent gaming has increased by 13%, with the average American over the age of 13 spending over 6 hours per week paying games on all platforms.  Candy Crush Saga is the king of the App Store, ranking as the most downloaded game to

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Person-Organization Fit

By Kathleen Iverson A family friend developed a software program that helps people buy shoes online that fit  properly the first time. Based on shoes brands and styles that have been comfortable in the past, it can predict how a new pair of shoes will feel. The company, Shoefitr, was so successful that it was recently bought by Amazon. The same

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Coaching vs. Therapy

Coaching is a relatively new field and is undergoing an identity crisis as it seeks to define itself within the broad field of workplace learning, consulting, human resource management, career development and in many cases, psychotherapy. One essential question that is often asked by those seeking coaching services or initiating a coaching practice is how does coaching differ from therapy?

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