Positive Psychology

Reflections on the science of positive psychology and its applications. Includes personal reflections, applications for leaders, new insights, and sometimes all three.

On Sunday evening I had the opportunity to hear Brené Brown speak in Minneapolis about her new book, Braving the Wilderness, which came out on Tuesday. I’ve benefitted greatly from Brené Brown’s work including her previous books; Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong as well as her TED Talks. Her ideas and concepts have been helpful in my presentations, […]

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A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of Jessica Pettitt’s book Good Enough Now. The book is out today! Good Enough Now is a great book explaining how to really do the personal work to effectively raise awareness and engage in action around diversity, inclusion, and social justice. I really appreciated the […]

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A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a day long mindfulness retreat with Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. This was a wonderful experience for a variety of reasons including the luxury of devoting a full day to building my mindfulness practice with wisdom and guided exercises (meditation, mindful lunch, […]

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The Book of Joy chronicled a week of conversations between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Dharamsala, India to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday. The two spiritual leaders discussed joy based on the similarities and differences in their spiritual traditions and lifetimes facing hardship, violent oppression, and genocide. Douglas Abrams participated […]

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In the spirit of often mocked but often clickable end of the year listicles, here are the top posts from this blog in 2016. #1 Top Post 3 Lessons from Rising Strong by Brené Brown The most clicked and most read was this post summarizing my biggest take aways from a great book. I’m a […]

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Here is a brief recap of most of the books I “read” in 2016. I put “read” in quotes as I listen to most of these via Audible as I workout, commute, or travel. Perhaps you’ll add some of these to your reading list and make a suggestion or two that you think I should […]

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I recently had the opportunity to guest host an episode of Higher Ed Live on Emotional Intelligence in Leadership & Social Justice. Joining me as guests were Paige Haber-Curran, co-author of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership; Marilee Bresciani Ludvik, editor of The Neuroscience of Learning and Development; and Mamta Accapadi, Vice President for Student Affairs at Rollins […]

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Mindsight is a book by Daniel Siegel. The book is broken down into two parts. The first part is a tremendous, fascinating, and clearly articulated explanation of the human brain, neuroscience, and its connection to our lived experiences. The second part is a collection of stories of how Siegel has applied this science through his own […]

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Most of us are craving some kind of transformation in our lives. I don’t know any leaders who aren’t eager to become more aware of changes they can make to improve themselves, their teams, and their lives. Once we are clear about the shifts we desire, we can begin taking the steps to make those shifts […]

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Close readers of this blog (Hi Mom!) may have noticed that I’ve started sharing lessons from books I’ve read. Well this book is the reason. Derek Sivers founded, built, and then sold CD Baby. Anything You Want is his short and concise book about some of the unconventional approaches he took, mistakes he made, and […]

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