Cultivating Kind Cultures in Workplaces & Communities
Healthy workplace cultures are top of mind today, as organizations consider the future of work, the impact of the Great Resignation, and how to help people feel supported to find deeper purpose and motivation on this side of the pandemic. While so much remains uncertain with chaotic politics and economies, it is especially important to remain kind to ourselves and each other through the continued tumult of change.
It would be great if everyone treated us with kindness all the time, but unfortunately, this is not many peoples’ reality. In fact, research by Christine Porath, an associate professor at Georgetown University who studies the effects of incivility, has found that 98% of people experience incivility, and 99% witness it. This includes a lot of different behaviors, such as publicly mocking or belittling someone, teasing in ways that sting, or taking credit for wins while pointing the finger at others when difficulties arise. Incivility leads to a toxic rather than healthy culture in an organization.
Culture is to humans like water is to fish. “Even when we don’t pause to consider it or create it mindfully, it is all around us.”
The great news is that we can cultivate kind cultures in our workplaces. Cultivating kind cultures in workplaces is similar to cultivating kind cultures in schools and communities. People are people wherever we go. We are always creating or consuming our shared culture. Is it healthy? Is it kind?
To explore how we might cultivate kind cultures in workplaces and communities, we will be using an approach called Appreciative Inquiry and its Discover, Dream, Design, and Destiny stages as we explore our generative topic.
Join Valorie Burton of the CAPP Institute and Brooke Jones, VP of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, along with our own Dr. Michelle McQuaid as they share how they build cultures of kindness in their workplace communities. Then, along with hundreds of colleagues from around the world, participate in a FREE 90-minute virtual Appreciative Inquiry Workshop on cultivating kind cultures in workplaces and communities.
To be clear, this will not be a talkfest. Here’s what you’ll get in return for your time participating in this event:
- You’ll hear positive psychology business leaders’ thoughts on why it’s imperative to build cultures of kindness − and how they do it themselves!
- You’ll get to meet wonderful practitioners from all over the world as we come together to discover, dream, design, and deliver ways to help workplaces and communities become kinder.
- You’ll come away with a treasure chest of new tools to help others, and that you can share with others.
- You’re welcome to take our AI Workshop participant guide and steal-it-with-pride for your own online events.
- You’ll get special access to a new book “Live Kind, Be Happy” published this year that our own Louis Alloro co-authored with psychotherapist Celeste DiMilla.
We would be so grateful if you would join us − all you need is an internet connection and web browser. Trust us when we say you’ll feel good from being surrounded by like-minded and -hearted folks engaged in meaningful and important dialogue. But places are limited, and you need to be able to join us live (this doesn’t work as recording due to the use of breakout rooms), so make sure you grab your seat below.
Your Appreciative Inquiry Workshop Team
Valorie Burton, MAPP, a life strategist and international speaker, is CEO of the Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute. Her company provides coaching, coach training, and resilience training and has served clients in all 50 states and 20 countries on six continents. Since 1999, she has written 13 books translated into multiple languages, including Let Go of the Guilt, It’s About Time, and Successful Women Think Differently.
Brooke Jones wants to live in a world where people choose kindness over violence, compassion over cruelty, and action over indifference. Holding certifications in Applied Positive Psychology and The Daring Way, based on Brené Brown’s work, she delivered a TEDx talk in 2017 where she shared her personal journey with mental illness. Outside of her time creating written content for the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, she enjoys fiber crafting, creative writing, and helping spread kindness in her local community with her teenage daughter. Brooke is in the process of writing a book for parents to help support them in creating and maintaining healthy and fulfilling relationships with their children.
DR. MICHELLE MCQUAID
Dr. Michelle McQuaid is a best-selling author, workplace wellbeing teacher, and playful change activator. With more than a decade of senior leadership experience in large organizations around the world, she’s passionate about translating cutting-edge research from positive psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies for health, happiness, and business success.
An honorary fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education, she blogs for Psychology Today, hosts the top-rated weekly podcast Making Positive Psychology Work, and her work has been featured in Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Boss Magazine, The Age, and more.
A champion of enabling change leaders to design and deliver positive change experiences that improve wellbeing, Louis Alloro helps schools, workplaces, communities, and cities to build their psychological muscles and rally together to be the change they want to see in the world. A social entrepreneur with a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, Louis designs and delivers highly-sought-after, evidence-based wellbeing and positive change learning experiences around the world, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in systems informed positive psychology and social impact evaluation.