Monthly Archives: November 2009

Positivity and the Magic Ratio

We’ve got the golden mean and the 80/20 rule.  Now, thanks to Barbara Fredrickson, author of Positivity, we have the magic positivity ratio of 3:1: if you have at least three positives – thoughts, phrases or actions – for every one negative, your life will change for the better.

Medical, psychological, marriage and business research all seem to be converging on a similar prediction – that high performance teams, partnerships and individuals all have in common a three to one ratio of positives to negatives.

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Australian Giving Week – give and you get the benefit

Thanks to Rainforest Rescue for reminding me that this week is Australian Giving Week.  A perfect way to start the silly season by doing a big cleanout of “stuff”.  As well as the groups listed on the Give Now website, here are two groups that I give stuff to.  Please add your favourites to this page or the Give Now website.

Work clothes go to Suited for Work – a not-for-profit organisation that provides clothing, styling, presentation and interviewing support to disadvantaged women to help build their self esteem and support them to gain independence.

Items that aren’t good enough for sale can be listed on your local ReUseIt site – a website for people who have second hand junk that might be someone else’s treasure and who want to see less go into landfill.

Resilience – avoiding the “last straw”

Here’s an activity to get your team thinking about resilience and supporting others before they reach the “last straw”.

Start by asking whether people have heard the story of the Arab camel owner who was rushing to market and because he wanted to sell as much straw as he could, he loaded the camel’s hump higher and higher and higher until finally with one last piece of straw, the camel collapsed – it was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Then ask them to stand in a circle and tell a shared story about a day in the life of the team, i.e. each person describes one incident (and each must be different and true). You can start the story with a bit of a warm up: Just last week I got out of bed and the first thing I did was kick my toe on the door jamb, ouch it hurt Continue reading