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Confidence: The root of success... can it also lead to failure?

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Confidence: The root of success... can it also lead to failure?

By Dr. Gale Lucas, Director of Research Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable. ~ Coco Chanel Confidence is an essential part of how we succeed. In order to persevere in the face of challenges, we need confidence to overcome said challenges. Those...

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Workplace prevention of prescription Drug Misuse: Learning from a Psycho-educational Program

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Workplace prevention of prescription Drug Misuse: Learning from a Psycho-educational Program

RECENT RESEARCH (April, 2017) Authors: Joel B. Bennett, Gale M. Lucas, Michael A. Neeper SUMMARY OF PRESENTATION This presentation at the 2017 Society for Personality and Social Psychology provided detail on the structure of the intervention and results in three areas. The presentation was titled “Workplace prevention of prescription drug...

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OWLS Programs Recognized by U.S. Surgeon General

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OWLS Programs Recognized by U.S. Surgeon General
The first ever Surgeon General’s report on “Facing Addiction in America” came out recently (November, 2016). It cited OWLS evidence-based programs, Team Awareness and Team Resilience, as the only ones that met their criteria for effectiveness for workplace prevention.

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Centering: Mindfulness 101 and Meditation – Not just for Hippies, I promise

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Centering: Mindfulness 101 and Meditation – Not just for Hippies, I promise
mindfulness = centering = self-acceptance = allowing goofy thought

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The Audacity of Wholeness: Part 1 (19 Tips)

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The Audacity of Wholeness: Part 1 (19 Tips)
It is time to promote social wholeness with mindful dialogue. The world needs it. Be audacious. Society is waiting. This is a broad appeal to those working in the area of well-being. Yes, that includes mental health. Best solutions require fully understanding the problem. The problem is one of fragmentation, divisiveness, alienation and—because of this—ultimately, pain. Psychic pain.

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Personalized Avatars for Everyone

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Personalized Avatars for Everyone
Should everyone in your organization have their own avatar for training simulations? Organizations are increasingly using online or virtual training for various purposes,from compliance or ethics trainings to leadership training. As the technology used to provide these trainings advances, more of these training applications employ scenarios or simulated situations in which users can practice the principles that they learned. These simulations often depict the user though an avatar – an in-simulation representation of the user.

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Savoring: Your “To Do” for the Day

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Savoring: Your “To Do” for the Day

What is on your 'savoring list' for the weekend? What do you hear when you hear the word “savoring”? Maybe you relate it to food or drinks, such as savoring a tasty morsel or a fine glass of red wine. But what else can be savored? How can you incorporate...

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Putting Learning and Wellness Together

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Putting Learning and Wellness Together

Authored by: David Steed (OWLS) The time has come for organizations to capitalize on the synergistic relationship between well-being and learning. Well-Being and Learning are rarely mentioned in the same sentence. At least not in their respective fields of Workplace Wellness and Learning & Development (L&D). And yet, these two...

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Are There Robots in the Future of Wellness?

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Are There Robots in the Future of Wellness?

By Dr. Gale Lucas, OWLS Director of Research Protect the children because they – and robots – are the future. ~ Adam Carolla From Futurists and Science Fiction writers to Computer Scientists and Engineers (and even comedians), people predict robots will play a big role in shaping our future. Some...

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Culture, Climate...Blah Blah Blah!

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Culture, Climate...Blah Blah Blah!

So we have been doing a whole lotta shakin' in our little world of research. Want to see what shook out? (click image below) So many "thought leaders" spend time make distinctions between climate and culture. Let's get to work positively influencing them.

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Grit: The good. The bad. The undetermined.

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Grit: The good. The bad. The undetermined.

On Grit and Intelligence: Perseverance is a principle that should be commendable in those who have judgment to govern it.  ~ Mark Twain We value grit - perseverance in the face of challenges - in society. We say “never quit” and applaud those who persist despite adversity. American heroes pull themselves...

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Psychological Safety Eats Culture (and Wellness) For Lunch

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Psychological Safety Eats Culture (and Wellness) For Lunch

"Being able to share ideas and engage meaningfully with coworkers in local teams, crews, and work groups is probably the most important driver of culture, engagement, performance and also personal well-being, all of these together.  If you had to do one thing to enhance all of those areas train work...

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Collective Efficacy: A Concept Whose Time Has Come

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Collective Efficacy: A Concept Whose Time Has Come

Corporate wellness strategies correlate with financial performance. But correlation is NOT causation. Something more powerful (collective efficacy) may be going on that accounts for BOTH wellness and financial outcomes. There has been very good press last month on three studies showing a correlation between use of wellness programs/strategies and corporate...

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THE Well-Being Champion Core Competency, Beyond Measure

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THE Well-Being Champion Core Competency, Beyond Measure

(YOUR ASSOCIATION) NEWS ARTICLE (dated, 2059): The era of job burn-out is officially over. Back in 2020, our professional association (insert yours here) recognized the occupation "Well-being Championship" as an integral part of doing business. Since then, these individuals have role-modeled health and advocated for resilience, healthy teams, healthy leadership, and...

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Health Consciousness & Prescription Drugs: Workplace Prevention

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Health Consciousness & Prescription Drugs: Workplace Prevention

Health and human resource professionals of all types wake up! The growing epidemic of workforce prescription abuse needs your help. This is not just the domain of medicine; but also all safety, prevention, employee assistance, health promotion, and medical wellness providers Health Consciousness & Prescription Drugs: Workplace Prevention Adult misuse of prescription drugs is...

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Hand in Glove: Employee Engagement Meets Resilience

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Hand in Glove: Employee Engagement Meets Resilience

Perhaps the best way to engage workers is by appealing to their strengths -- to the inner resources and external conditions that foster resilience. Many think that "engagement" is the new buzzword for employee productivity but it's really just old sheep in new clothing [1]. What is new -- and...

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Resilience and July 4th

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Resilience and July 4th

The Declaration of Independence as a Template for Building Resilience. A Reflection.   The United States Declaration of Independence teaches the ability to rise up--as a collective-- to address stress and duress. Sometimes, the only way to be resilient is by establishing our freedom; separating ourselves from that which no...

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Get Off Your Story: Beyond Wellness Duality (with Bonus Flower Gift)

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Get Off Your Story: Beyond Wellness Duality (with Bonus Flower Gift)

"Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.  -- Alphonse Karr" Health and well-being is a process: a wonderful, organic, ongoing, purpose-oriented process. Yet, wellness folks can sell a story that slices and dices the natural and dynamic process of well-being. Their viewpoint forgets there are...

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