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Which is more important for commitment: Safety or growth?

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Which is more important for commitment: Safety or growth?

Which is more important for commitment: Safety or growth? By Gale Lucas  Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans. ~ Peter F. Drucker Commitment is important to achieving success. We need to be committed to our career and our relationships if we want these to be realized. Many people have opinions about “the right mindset” that is needed for sustaining commitment, but few have considered what fundamental goals align best with maintaining commitment (to a career or significant other, for example). Researchers have identified two fundamental goals: the goal to be safe and responsible,...

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Do you know the 5 Cs of Resilience?

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Do you know the 5 Cs of Resilience?

Are you resilient? Do you know the 5 Cs of resilience? Click the video below to hear Dr. Joel Bennett speak about resilience and the 5 Cs. The YouTube page gives special access to a resilience assessment! Enjoy!

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Compassion: The Do’s and Dont’s of Donation

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Compassion: The Do’s and Dont’s of Donation

Compassion: The Do's And Don'ts of Donation This article co-authored by OWLS staff (Gale Lucas and Michael Hudson) Compassion is a cornerstone of resilience because of how it deeply connects us to others. At the same time, as with other elements of resilience (like confidence), we must be wise in our compassion. We’re often reminded of others who are less fortunate. We see homeless on the street, and we are asked at various store checkouts whether we’d like to donate to selected charities. Out of compassion, we want to help. But we also might wonder: What percentage of my donation...

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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 who live by the words “never quit” - those who have grit - have confidence in the face of adversity, and are able to persist through the challenges that they face. American folklore heroes "pull themselves up from their bootstraps" because they believe that they can. Our culture reinforces this...

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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 misuse: Learning from a psycho-educational program.” The program was derived from OWLS previous evidence-based approaches that have been acknowledged as effective by the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Facing Addiction in America (see article here). OWLS Acknowledged in SG Report The intervention was delivered in five phases: (1) An interactive Jeopardy...

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