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A positive Leader: The hub of connectivity

Connectivity, one word which describes a key driver of our modern lives. The influence of Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn is everywhere, how much time do people spend creating connections online, selling an image, a brand, a lifestyle? Our world is all about creating connections to gain social standing or to create opportunities. Ironically, we spend less…

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The creator of positive value

We speak with pioneer in the corporate application of positive psychology and mindfulness, Dr Juan Humberto Young, Academic Director and Professor at the Executive Master of Positive Leadership and Strategy at IE University, Madrid, and author of Mindfulness Based Strategic Awareness Training about his definition of positive leadership and his Mindfulness training protocol.   Interview…

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From average to outstanding

Using positive psychology to reach your maximum potential   When I first inherited the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) division at Microsoft, it was an average ’so-so’ team in terms of its performance ratings. We overhauled our approach using a combination of strengths-based leadership and positive psychology, and within just a few short years we…

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How to lead Mindful Change

We were about to do something we had never done before. I invited the group of leaders – 36 top executives from RWE, a 100-year-old energy company with 65,000 employees — to stand and walk slowly in silence through a physical map of their organisation and its dramatically changing context. There was a lot at…

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Developing Mindful Leadership: A Reality Check

The context in which leaders need to operate has changed significantly since the turn of the century. Global challenges today include political and economic instability, climate change, rapidly increasing globalisation, the proliferation of social media and the threat of terrorism in cyberspace as well as in our places of work and home. Conditions are described…

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Courage

A key attribute of positive & mindful leaders By Declan Noone   “You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself” The Wizard of Oz   When faced with a problem, as leaders we go to our toolbox to find an aid that will help us find a solution or…

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SWOT no more!

The positive evolution of a classic strategic planning tool. Introducing asset-based SCOC, which will drive your open, solution oriented mind-set for outstanding results. By Armin Forstner, Partner, Serrano 99 Management Consulting   During my time leading a publishing business, time and time again we used the SWOT analysis in our strategy meetings. A classic tool…

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Human strengths at work

We ask Dr Tayyab Rashid, clinical psychologist and researcher,  about the role of strengths in our lives, what the strengths-based approach means in a corporate context, and how leaders can apply it to build better performing and more resilient teams.   Strengths-based frameworks and theories are gaining popularity both in clinical settings as well in corporate organisations.…

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The economics of wellbeing

Live more, share more, enjoy life for less   Against the backdrop of the 2008 global economic crisis, the then French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared in September 2009 that France would pioneer a new approach that would eliminate the use of GDP as a measure of national wealth and introduce one that measures wellbeing alongside…

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Equinox impossible

A group of leaders gathered in London to discuss the practical application of positive psychology, behavioural science and mindfulness at the inaugural positive & mindful leader summit. On September 22nd at 2:21pm GMT, the first day of the positive & mindful leader summit in London, our planet reached the point of autumn equinox, the perfect…

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