Some interesting things I took away from his very interesting talk:
- Healthy patients (ones that would survive) had 2x as many positive images of the future as negative images. They weren’t all positive, just 2/3 positive in images of the future.
- Unhealthy patients had a balance between positive and negative images of the future. They weren’t entirely pessimistic, just balanced.
- Cooperrider says that within an organization, the image of the future resides within the people, around the water cooler
- Mentioned Drucker on the role of leadership in change: Create an alignment of strengths and make their weaknesses irrelevant(!)
- Fredrickson’s work on positive emotions: of the 30,000+ psych articles surveyed from peer-reviewed journals, only a few hundred were on positive emotions
- Fredrickson & Branigan, 2002; Fredrickson & Levenson, 1998: I’ll have to read these articles for more on this positive emotion idea
- Positive emotions can undo lingering negative emotional arousal. As people link positive emotions, begins the work of undoing negative emotional affects.
- The more we can cultivate joy, hope, delight, the more we create an incompatibility with old ways
- “Triggering upward spirals of well-being” but I think that came from Fredrickson
- Our consulting is centered around an organization’s problems: it is a small step from “Our organization has problems” to “Our organization is a problem”
ASIDE: I wonder if this is the problem with the issues with male psychological characteristics like aggression and risk-taking.
- “The seeds of change are in the very first questions.”
All very interesting.
It should go very well with Creative Deviance, too.