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Positive | emotions

Emotion^2 - The Pitfalls of Empathy

In a 2006 speech, Barack Obama said: “If we hope to meet the moral test of our times, then I think we’re going to have to talk more about the empathy deficit: the ability to put ourselves in somebody else’s… Read more
Positive | social media

The Facebook Mind

Although psychology and neuroscience are beginning to provide a new language for it, the idea that the use of technologies alters our thoughts and social existence is a long attested one. For instance, upon sitting down at his typewriter the… Read more
Positive | transitions

Wise Transitions

“Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.” – Tom Stoppard The disorientation involved in moving away to university, entering a new job, or restructuring an organisation can feel dizzying, sleight but significant, like the world suddenly starts… Read more

Are the Kids Alright?

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recent report claimed that British teenagers are among the most troubled in the world, coming off 3rd worst in terms of happiness within a survey of 42 countries.[1] This statistic is startling and demands serious… Read more
Positive | leaders, uncertainty

Brexit: Why Leaders must show Tolerance of Uncertainty

Dear Reader, You know what’s happened. 52% of the British electorate voted in favour of leaving the European Union. What we don’t know is what’s going to happen next. Brexit has inaugurated a period of inscrutable ambiguity. We don’t know… Read more

Millennials 101: What they’re not

“Once you label me you negate me” - Soren Kierkegaard ‘Who are millennials?’, ‘what are they like?’, ‘what are their behaviours?’, ‘how does generation X communicate with millennials?’. These sorts of questions are popping up on newsfeeds almost as much… Read more
Positive | culture

Bad Vibes Virus - Culture #4

‘There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated’ – Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge Menacing Vibrations Your boss has been sitting in her office all day with the door shut. She seems angry. The last thing… Read more
Positive | culture

Culture Clash - Culture #3

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” – Edmund Burke No one likes a ‘yes’ man. No one wants someone who just mirrors them, a toady, obsequious assistant who just smiles… Read more
Positive | culture

Follow the Leader - Culture #2

“In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted” - Bertrand Russell “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time… Read more