Q: What is your favorite positive practice and why?
I love strength spotting! In general, it feels good to have someone point out your greatest character traits; it’s like expressing gratitude with a twist. In a goal-centered focus, it helps a team work more smoothly with task enabling. I love having this in my tool kit for class project teams and in conflict scenarios where the alternative flaw-spotting can be common (and detrimental).
Q: What area of positive organizational scholarship research resonates most deeply with you?
I love seeing how POS is used in business models through the research and case studies CPO exposes me to. They prove that principles can be pragmatic. But what resonates most deeply with me is POS in social systems to promote community and individual thriving. The strengths-based approach in education and the youth community calls to what I hope to do with my future.
Q: If you could tell anything to the "you" of five years ago, what would it be?
Almost 5 years ago exactly, a friend told me “Sometimes your plan A is not nearly as wonderful as the unexpected plan B.” I’ve taken that quote and used it time and time again. It doesn’t fail. (I hope it’s not cheating if I DID hear it 5 years ago!)
Q: What was the last book you read?
Most recently I read It Starts With Food
by Dallas and Malissa Hartwig. I take a lot of interest in holistic perspectives on mental and physical health, and this book synthesized a ton of information in a witty way!
Q: What is one thing you cannot live without?
Carabiners. Rather, anything that lets me attach things to my person. I am constantly forgetting things! I don’t go anywhere without a carabiner or makeshift one for my keys, water bottle, and/or wallet. They are super useful and easy to keep up with!