The Meetup Group has location and time information for our May 4th book club meeting.
It turns out that academics have found “Positivity” to be as important for establishing and maintaining high performance business teams as it is in maintaining great relationships. The focus is on “team dynamics,” “connectivity,” and “emotional fields.” Incredibly enough, consensus is emerging about a specific numeric value, the P/N Ratio required for “human flourishing” in business teams, relationships, and individuals.
The Losada Line defines that minimum level of Positivity and Connectivity that distinguishes teams and people able to reach a complex understanding of others and the objectives/tasks before them. Oh, and the Losada line value is equal to 2.9013 for those of us keeping track to 4 decimal points.
And apparently conscious and deliberate effort to improve Team Positivity and Connectivity works even in “explosive contexts”.
The Amazon Reviews of the book are here.
This first 7 minute video is a great introduction to the issues discussed by the book’s author, Dr. Barbara Fredrickson. Don’t be fooled by the video title “Positive Emotions.” The BendTech book club has not been taken over by new age “feel gooders.”
Dr. Fredrickson is a serious academic psychologist and the implications of the Positivity/Negative Ratio for business and technology teams are important and have only begun to be understood. Let’s see if we can’t figure out what some implications are for business teams we participate in.
The rest of this month’s book club video cheats and book summary links follow after the jump…