When a person says something “changed my life” it gets my attention. I was at a professional meeting and the woman speaking was talking about something called mPWR10
mPWR10 is a 10-minute-per-day tool created by Nancy Donahue and Michelle Chung that teaches six habits distilled from the research on positive and peak performance psychology. After testing the product and finding it very valuable, we were very curious about how they collaborated on its creation. We set up a phone interview to explore what the keys were to their collaboration. Over the next three blog posts, we will report on the 10 practices Nancy and Michelle cited as keys to their collaboration.
- Keep track of the passion that brought you together
At the beginning of their collaboration, both women were employees of another firm. When that firm experienced manufacturing difficulties and eventually collapsed, it would have been easy to seek employment elsewhere. Start-up cash-flow challenges could have led them to drop their collaboration, but Nancy and Michelle calmed their uneasiness by hunkering down and focusing on the reason for their collaboration – a passion for supporting people’s success. They launched mPWR10.
- Know your value proposition
Michelle and Nancy are both expert synthesizers of information. Their capacity to glean the most important threads from the science of positive and peak performance psychology allowed them to create a simplified, accessible and practical set of habits. From the reactions of others, they learned that this talent was critical to the value they could create. A client told them that with mPWR10, “I can throw away all the other books I have.”
3. Seek input freely and widely
“Our goal was to collaborate with everyone since we knew we didn’t have all of the answers”, said Michelle. They drew in other smart people such as Joe Dowling, a peak-performance psychologist, and sought feedback from 500-600 mPWR10 users. The 6 habits evolved because so many people have used it and shared their experience and suggestions.
Read the next post to learn 3 more collaboration practices.
Posted in Case Studies, collaboration, Positivity
Tagged collaboration, Debbie Exner, empower, Maddie Hunter, Michelle Chung, Nancy Donahue, passion, peak performance, positivity, purpose, tools, value proposition
Many of my business clients report that an average day is spent going from meeting to meeting. Some would say that half of their life is spent attending, conducting, preparing or following up from meetings. It would therefore seem sensible to assume that if you want to build more positivity in your workplace, a good place to focus would be in the way meetings are conducted.
In our last blog post, we reported research that linked positivity in a team with the incidence of positive statements made, the degree that the statements are about others and the amount of questions that are exchanged among group members. Here are some tips that may help you put this into action during the meetings you lead.
Meetings can enhance positivity.
1. Open each meeting asking for recent accomplishments. “What has happened that you feel good about and want others on the team to know?” In my experience this type of question elicits the telling of stories that help to build a group’s sense of success.
2. Have a standing agenda item – “Way to go!”. Ask for people to share personal compliments for others who have demonstrated collaboration or some other high-priority behavior. In a local medical-surgical nursing unit, this tip is being used to increase the level of coordinated care provided to patients. Compliments help to remind us of our strengths and create stronger relationships with others.
3. Periodically, use a portion of a meeting for everyone to have 5-10 minutes to check in with every other member. These “Check Ins” can be structured to cover a specific set of questions aimed at increasing connectivity and positive regard: What is going well in our relationship? What strengths have I noticed you exhibiting? What can we create that will enhance our effectiveness?
In future posts we will be offering tips about how to increase inquiry in your teams. What can you share to get us started?