Q: What is your favorite positive practice and why?
My favorite positive practice is job crafting. While I was a student at the university, I was able to do this exercise two years in a row, which I found insightful. I saw which areas of my job crafting diagram changed and which areas stayed the same, letting me understand how important certain aspects are to my future career. Taking an introspective approach before starting work full-time was helpful in realizing which areas of a job are most important to me.
Q: What area of positive organizational scholarship research resonates most deeply with you?
This piece of POS isn't widely cited or published, but as a student I helped a PhD student with research on constructive competition - basically, understanding when competition can be a positive force that helps individuals thrive. Ross was a competitive environment, and I had been in plenty of other competitive situations, so it was great to see that in certain organizations or events, competition helps us become our best selves. It allowed me to realize when competition might be positive, and when it might be draining to individuals.
Q: If you could tell anything to the "you" of five years ago, what would it be?
It would be that the network is so much more important than you'd think. As a student, I had a limited view on the workplace and where I fit. Now, I realize that building a network is one of the most important things you can do. I've been thinking a lot about what my next step will be in my career, and reaching out to experienced people allows me to better understand which fields might be the right fit for me. There are plenty of people out there who have done exceptional things, and chatting with them even just for a half hour over coffee can be incredibly enlightening and can result in a great future relationship/mentorship.
Q: What was the last book you read?
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr. It's a fiction novel that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2015, and since I'm a huge fiction fan, it was on my list to read. It follows two characters during World War II - a German boy and a French girl - and how their paths cross. Very well-written, and easy to read, too!
Q: What is one thing you cannot live without?
Good food! I have a list of restaurants near where I live that I still need to try out. I've had some free time recently and have tried to cook more, with mixed results. But regardless, I like trying new types of food and sometimes learning a new recipe!