SPECIFIC Gratitude: How to Maximize Appreciation

Employee survey results indicated that Adam was doing well overall as a manager. But the survey scores were lower when his supervisees were asked about feeling appreciated. Adam was confused. He was sure he expressed appreciation to the people on his team frequently. He brought up the issue during his next one-on-one meeting with his read more…

Don’t stress about stress!

The app development project Adam was leading was getting intense. While the team was rapidly approaching beta, it was unclear if the app was performing well enough to release the beta version. The performance varied significantly from platform to platform, and phone to phone. The team was struggling to understand and fix the issues. With read more…

The Science of Your Best Possible Future

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Best Possible Future: A Story Juan was about eight months into his new job and about halfway through his main project (a new app). It was going pretty well. Despite many challenges, Juan and his boss, Chris, were both doing a good job of keeping the team focused and on track. But despite that, Juan read more…

The Science of Choice: Choose from Three to Lower Stress, Boost Happiness

A story illustrating the science of choice Juan needed Chris’s approval to choose a new software package. Chris asked Juan to come with several options. She wanted the advantages and disadvantages of each. Wanting to be thorough, Juan created a table with thirteen different packages. Chris felt overwhelmed. She struggled to hold the options in read more…

The Science of Autonomy at Work

Autonomy at Work: A Story Kim assigned a crucial project to Juan, and really wanted it to go well. So she asked him to prepare 24 milestones along the way, starting with an extremely detailed concept approval document. She scheduled a two hour meeting to review the concept approval, and was asking about–and then changing–many read more…