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Who Graduates?

21 May

It is graduation time, thus an article about how the University of Texas has set up a program to significantly increase the graduation rate of students from low socio-economic status. Most students who begin university from the bottom SES quartile do not graduate, although they have the ability to do so.

 

Several blogs ago I linked to a TED video that shows how our body language affects our behavior. This is important because there seems to be a growing literature that relatively small interventions can produce significant changes. This appears to happen when the tactic helps people change their perceptions of themselves.

Next week we will look at yet another link that shows much the same thing.

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Talking With The most Interesting Person I Know

14 May


 

 

Recently the Wall Journal had a great article with a video and radio interview about self-talk. Self Talk, both sub-vocally and out-loud is a research-proven self-management tool, although most of us do it sub-vocally. It is the tool we can use to alter our level of optimism – pessimism.

 

Research shows that optimists:

  • Live longer
  • Are healthier
  • Have better relationships
  • Have higher morale on-the-job
  • Are more personally satisfied (happy) &
  • Report having better lives when asked at age 85

 

“Optimism is the tendency to expect the best possible outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation, defined by how we self-talk to frame events:

Bad events are temporary setbacks,

Isolated to particular circumstances and

Can be overcome by effort and abilities”   – Martin Seligman

 

A series of blogs on optimism discuss this topic in-depth, link to an optimism-pessimism self-test and introduce strategies to improve your optimism.

 

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Why Likeability Matters IN…….

2 Apr

 

 

This a powerful and practical WSJ article about how “likability” has a large influence in how your workplace colleagues rate and interact with you. This article is a home-run of practical advice.

 

So, my question is HOW do you get to likability and WHY? Here is one of the most watched TED videos (16,000,000+) hits and one of the top-four rated in the psychology category.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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