Q: What is your favorite positive practice and why?
My current favorite positive practice involves constructing others positively. This shows up in all kinds of ways. For example, when people introduce other people so that one can more fully see and appreciate their gifts and talents, their experience and their unique extraordinariness, I see the incredible impacts this form of "positive other construction" has on the person being introduced, the introducer, the dyad and everyone who witnesses the introductions.
Q: What area of positive organizational scholarship research resonates most deeply with you?
For me, there are three areas which resonate deeply. One is in the example I just provided. It concerns how we can use (and can imagine using) everyday occasions and actions to create positive meaning—positive meaning about the self and others, positive work meaning, and positive organizational meaning. Not all meaning is equal. I think it is fascinating and powerful to think about making meaning that fosters human capacity and capability. I am also passionate about high quality connections (and positive interrelating at work) and compassion in work organizations.
Q: If you could tell anything to the "you" of five years ago, what would it be?
Remember, life is short. Look for others' amazingness. Listen more, talk less. Enjoy the day.
Q: What was the last book you read?
The last book was Lead the Work
by John Boudreau, Ravin Jesuthasan, and David Creelman. It is part of trying to understand the new world of work and all the possibilities this affords for research, teaching, and simply understanding the world my children are living in.
Q: What is one thing you cannot live without?
My family and a skinny grande cappuccino.