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Tony Schwartz. Welcome to Forbes. Daily Progress Checklist. The Power of Small Wins. How You Stack up. What ‘Angry Birds’ Tells About Our Motivation at Work. Why Does Affect Matter. What Creates Energy in Organizations? References (4) 1. Energy is defined as “a type of positive affective arousal, which people can experience as emotion — short responses to specific events — or mood — longer-lasting affective states that need not be a response to a specific event.” See R. Quinn and J. 2. 3. 4. Show All References Acknowledgments We would like to thank Tom Bateman, Steve Borgatti, Jane Dutton, Amy Halliday, Ryan Quinn, Gretchen Spreitzer and Ellen Whitener for helpful comments on this work.

5 ways to… cultivate a winning spirit. Mind Gym UK » No laughing matter. How jokes in the workplace can make or break an inclusive culture Have you heard about those new corduroy pillows? They’re making headlines. Jokes are powerful. They unite us, creating humorous memories and anecdotes we can treasure for a lifetime. The dictionary definition of a joke is surprisingly broad; “Something that someone says to cause amusement or laughter, especially a story with a funny punchline.” Humour can bring teams together. But in-jokes can also shut us out. We can be hurt by jokes in other ways. We might laugh when we first hear one of these jokes, but this is usually followed by a wince, a frown or a general feeling of discomfort. How can we take action when we see someone suffer from a joke?

So what can we do? Overcoming an exclusive in-joke is easy – simply taking the time to explain is enough. It’s difficult, but try not to laugh. It was mentioned earlier that Professor Richard Wiseman searched for the funniest joke. The River of Poo by Think Training. 5 ways to… keep focused during the festivities. Snap cup...Great way to give feedback. Leading with Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace. Leadership- Start with WHY. Leadership - Start with WHY (Edited) Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us. Rob Cross All Charged Up. Facebook Manipulated User News Feeds To Create Emotional Responses. Faster than a Speeding Text: “Emotional Contagion” At Work. Photo: Creative Commons: Flickr/seanb Social media content found online is part of our lives, especially when it goes “viral” as funny cat videos, the MS “bucket” challenge or taunting tweets.

This viral material which is shared as quickly as it’s viewed, can make us laugh or feel inspired or even angry. Managers should keep in mind that moods can also "go viral," distributed around the office like a group text message. My research reveals that emotions, both positive and negative, actually spread among your employees like viruses. People routinely “catch” each other’s feelings when working together in groups. This phenomenon, known as “emotional contagion,” has been recognized in the psychological literature as a type of interpersonal influence (Schachter, 1959: 15; Cacioppo and Petty, 1987;Levy and Nail, 1993) There’s such a thing as cognitive contagion too—catching other people’s ideas—but there are differences.

The findings revealed a significant effect of emotional contagion. Visualization Can Help You Succeed. Advertisers spend millions of dollars to motivate us into purchasing things that we probably don't even need. Think about automobile commercials. In them, you virtually experience the speed, smell, and luxury associated with owning the car of your dreams. This kinesthetic experience may be very real, even pleasurable, for the 30-second duration of the commercial.

But if you continue to think about owning that pricey vehicle it will create something in your brain called cognitive dissonance. This is the feeling of discomfort that results from holding two conflicting beliefs; the belief that you really want and deserve that car and the belief that you simply can't afford it. You experience a similar tug of war all of the time: You work tirelessly, for long hours, hustling for a dream you are not yet living. What many people don't realize is that we have the power to program our subconscious minds to assist us in getting what we want. Why is visualization so powerful? Choose an image. Nilofer Merchant: Got a meeting? Take a walk. Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work.