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— - Organization Development Consultant
Posts in Positive Psychology
Hikes, Spikes and Resilience

I recently hiked Mt. Monadnock in southern New Hampshire with a friend. A few thousand feet into the 9-mile hike, we quickly realized that we were not going to be successful unless we changed our equipment because the entire trail had flooded and subsequently  frozen. We strapped on spikes or crampons and were much more successful with more appropriate gear. We also used trekking poles to keep balance.

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5 Favorite Positive Psychology Books for Business Leaders

As my blog and newsletter readers know, I read and enjoy a lot of books each year! I am always looking to learn new skills and ways to keep growing my business, Sarah Scala Consulting. Here are my 5 favorite books on positive psychology. These are excellent reads for Coaches, HR leaders, CEOs and Business Managers - anyone who works with people, really.

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Strategies for Success During Career Transition

Career coaching is a resource that people can use throughout the chapters of their professional life. Whether you are looking for your very first job or are a CEO looking to retire and start that next chapter in your life, my clients have received a lot of value from career and transition coaching.

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How Gritty are you in Business?

Where did Grit come from? Angela Duckworth, a former management consultant who became a New York City Public School teacher, realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing differentiating successful students from those who were less successful. Through research, she discovered that grit is the differentiator, not just for elementary students, but for students at the United States Military Academy at West Point and for employees in businesses.

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5 ways to Build Resilience in Business – Sustaining Strong Leaders and Organizations

Resilience has become a hot topic recently in business. Organizations face constant change that can be unsettling to leaders and employees. Years ago, I read the book Flourish by Dr. Martin Seligman (University of Pennsylvania). Known as the founder of Positive Psychology, Seligman’s research, detailed in this book, explains the importance of resilience. Since then, I have studied and taught business leaders and organizations ways to strengthen resilience, especially through challenging organizational change. Unlike IQ, resilience is a skill that can be taught and developed. Seligman’s work produced a model for resilience called PERMA.

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Optimism Strengthens the Business Bottom Line

Whether consulting to leadership teams on how to navigate through change or during executive coaching with a leader who feels stuck, the one topic I often begin with is optimism. I will ask if they feel optimistic about the future, and how they manage to maintain an optimistic outlook. As a leader, if you project doubt or a “glass half empty attitude”, your teams will quickly see this in your behavior.  Positive people smile more and frown less.

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