Jun 18
Unhappy workers take more sick leave

Gallup-Healthways has recently issued details of their Well-being Index – a survey of over 100,000 Americans which shows that employees who are unhappy at work take, on average, an extra 15 days sick leave a year. Yes, that’s right, an extra 15 days a year. The survey assesses well-being at work by asking employees about […]

Jan 1
Poetry in the Boardroom

A few weeks ago I wrote about the role of Leadership, Positive Psychology and Creativity. Here’s some more “Boardroom Poetry”, this time from Ralph Windle, a.k.a. Bertie Ramsbottom. I particularly liked the boardroom ballad called ‘The Business Consultant‘ and his profile of Sir John Harvey-Jones**, ‘Born Again‘. Plus it was a joy to re-read Betjeman’s […]

Dec 15
Leadership: The Role of Positive Psychology and Creativity

In our MAPP class today we were fortunate enough to have Mark Templeton, O2s Director of Organisation Development, present to us on the positive psychology approach to leadership development that he has implemented with great success over the past year. One thing that really intrigued me was the mention of David Whyte, a.k.a the “Corporate […]

Nov 27
Regret, Well-being and Maturity

Regrets, I’ve had a few: How finding the silver lining contributes to happiness and maturityThis article on yesterday’s Positive Psychology News Daily looks at research into regret which suggests that it’s about more than learning from experience, it’s beneficial for the process of psychological maturity itself, and that the accommodation of regret has profound implications […]

Aug 12
Using Your Strengths in New Ways – 3

How to Use Your Top 5 Character Strengths in New Ways – Part 3. If you’ve just completed the VIA-IS online survey and are wondering what to do with your Top 5 Strengths, read on… There’s increasing research to show that focusing on your strengths at work rather than on your weaknesses brings huge benefits, […]

Mar 2
Children, well-being and leadership

I was alarmed to read in the Times on 14 February 2007 that Britain’s children are the least happy in the Western World . This is the conclusion of a UNICEF study across 21 industrialised nations in Western Europe. Professor Jonathan Bradshaw of the University of York, one of the authors of the report, links […]