Archive for the ‘Coaches’ Category

The Long Driveway

When we imagine a positive future, we imagine ourselves enjoying that future. We just assume that we will enjoy the situation we foresee – the place, the people, the activities. In other words, we see ourselves savoring the event. Unfortunately, many times, when we approach that future, we do not experience the joy we anticipated. […]

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Positive Guidance with Jolanta Burke (Webinar)

Webinar: Sponsored by UPENN MAPP Alumni Association. Register here. Positive Guidance: Applying positive psychology in career and guidance counselling. Jolanta Burke Find out how to boost your clients’ employment rates, improve their career decision making processes and enhance their motivation by applying the science of positive psychology. During the webinar, you will discover the latest […]

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SMART Strengths Operating Together

“What’s your good news?” One of us, Dave, was sitting with a young lawyer and asked this to start the exercise. The young man responded, “We just finished a big arbitration, and I handled the expert witness.” Green Light Responding  We were in a mentoring training for a law firm (the SMART Strengths skills are […]

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Super Story of Growth Mindset by a Woman Engineer

As we note in SMART Strengths, a growth mindset is critical to learning, and teachers, parents, and coaches can help students develop growth mindsets. Both teaching neural plasticity and telling stories that model growth mindsets at work help tip young people (and adults!) away from fixed mindsets and toward growth. Here’s a great story for teachers […]

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Thinking & Grieving

This post deals is inspired by a blog post from a fellow MAPPster, Lucy Hone, 2010, who is coping with grief from the death of her 12-year-old daughter, pulling on what she learned from MAPP, and sharing the process with the world. She powerfully rebuts “The Fluffy Fallacy” (that positive psychology is “fluffy” – not […]

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Michael Makes a Plan: SMART Strengths and LIFT, Question 4

This post concludes our consideration of how the SMART Strengths skills can help with asking and answering the four questions that the Ryan and Robert Quinn suggest in Lift: Becoming a Positive Force in Any Situation. The four questions are: What result do I want to create? What would my story be if I were […]

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SMART Strengths & LIFT – Question 2

This is the second in a series of posts about combining SMART Strengths and Lift: Becoming a Positive Force in Any Situation by Ryan and Robert Quinn. LIFT offers four questions that, if asked and answered conscientiously can help us become a positive force in any situation. The four questions are: What result do I […]

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“Embrace the Suck!”

There’s a great phrase Army personnel use, “Embrace the suck.”  Basically, it means, “Of course the situation is bad, there are obstacles, it’s unpleasant or even deadly. That’s to be expected. Accept it and get on with the job.” Still another layer is the earned pride many soldiers – men and women – feel in […]

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LIFT & SMART Strengths – A Powerful Leadership Combo

Lift: Becoming a Positive Force in Any Situation by management professors Ryan and Robert Quinn provides a simple but not simplistic approach to personal leadership that is applicable all the way from school superintendents and board members through administrators, principals, teachers and to students as young as the fifth grade. This well-written book gives four questions […]

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A SMART Look at Kindness

Dave’s story: A group of colleagues and I walked into a restaurant across from where a homeless man sat. As we went through the line, one of us – a lovely young woman with a mischievous sense of humor – ordered an extra meal to go. When the food was brought to our table, she […]

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