Catherine Sanderson discusses her book, “The Positive Shift.” The conversation spans diverse topics such as raising rescue puppies, hotel maids’ mindset impacting well-being, the placebo effect’s role in healing and leadership, and mindset’s influence on workplace effectiveness. Strategies to counter negativity, balance work culture, and encourage open communication are explored. Catherine emphasizes the value of diverse perspectives, empathetic leadership, and the impact of ageism. The significance of fostering “flow” in an engaging workplace is also discussed, along with psychology’s role in promoting well-being.
[01:56] Catherine Sanderson, psychologist and author of “The Positive Shift,” discusses her book and its connections to her work. She shares her new interest in raising rescue puppies, linking it to positive psychology. The conversation covers a study about hotel maids and exercise, revealing the impact of mindset on well-being. The placebo effect’s relevance to healing and leadership is also explored.
[14:57] Catherine examines how mindset and attitudes influence workplace effectiveness. She shares personal insights on toxic environments, stress, and differing viewpoints. Strategies like reframing and behavior change are explored to counter negativity, along with the significance of balance for a thriving work culture. Catherine also discusses leadership impact and the role of nature in promoting workplace well-being.
[26:30] Catherine discusses diversity in the workplace, the role of empathy in leadership, and age-related dynamics. She highlights the value of diverse perspectives, the impact of ageism, and the unifying power of empathy.
[32:14] Catherine discusses the challenge of promoting open communication in workplaces, particularly when projects face issues. The bystander effect’s impact on group dynamics and communication is explored. Strategies for encouraging open dialogue are emphasized, including creating a culture of valuing diverse opinions and ethical leadership. The use of rank-neutral communication, like fighter pilots’ call signs, is highlighted for fostering honest conversations across hierarchies.
[39:42] Catherine discusses fostering an engaging workplace that encourages a state of “flow” – deep engagement and productivity. Autonomy, mastery, and purpose are key factors for achieving this, along with providing tools and support. She also delves into psychology’s impact on well-being, showcasing how deliberate actions can cultivate happiness, even for those without a naturally positive outlook.
[44:34] Closing quote: Remember, surround yourself with good people, surround yourself with positivity and people who are going to challenge you to make you better. — Ali Krieger
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