Archive | December, 2011

Counseling To Coaching

28 Dec

Several recent blogs have focused on the importance of developing an effective feedback style in building managerial and leadership competence.  A frequently used synonym for feedback is counseling.  Progressive counseling is a change tool for working with non-performing employees.  Some employee handbooks also label this progressive discipline, this is a harsh term and implies punishment.  Punishment doesn’t usually improve performance, it just makes people angry and stupid.

Counseling/feedback blend into another important tool in the capable manager’s repertory: coaching.  My fellow “Owl,” Gale has written a lively article that clearly illustrates this blend.  Go to this article first.

More about coaching and progressive counseling in the next weeks.

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Happiness Links

14 Dec

Happiness is interesting.  Many of you may want to do more reading and/or watching on this topic. Try these in order of my preference for:

• An interesting, amusing and charming TED video entitled “The Surprising Science of Happiness”:

https://langhorne.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/the-science-of-happiness-2/

• A daily update on the happiness of the USA from Gallup:

http://www.gallup.com/home.aspx

and scroll left for a statistical overview of twelve measures.

• A picture of the distribution of happiness in the USA:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/06/weekinreview/20110306-happiness.html

and click on the happiness button on the left sidebar.  Seems as if those of us who live in the upper Midwest are the happiest people in the USA.

• A short interesting read on the distribution of happiness across the world:

http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/science-fiction-news.asp?newsnum=893

• If you who want a good read, 300 pages, on the philosophical, moral and scientific history of happiness:

http://www.amazon.com/Exploring-Happiness-Aristotle-Brain-Science/productreviews/0300178107/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Happiness How To

7 Dec

Recently I did a blog on happiness because a colleague sent an article from a foreign student who wrote “all Americans think about is money so we are not happy.”  The blog showed Americans are among the happiest people in the world.

This is the season when some people experience happiness and others become depressed.  Perhaps a review of what is known about happiness is appropriate. Also as the year ends we may want to reflect on our level of happiness and work on some private goals to improve ours and others around us levels of happiness.

For a empirically validated self-test and a overview of what researchers know about happiness go to:  Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of….


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