KEYNOTES & WORKSHOPS
Work with Henry Edwards
What do you see when you turn on the news? Crime. Terrorism. Tragedy. News is synonymous with the worst of humanity. But the more accurate and untold story of humanity—especially during the last 30 years—is the unprecedented improvement in health, longevity, learning and prosperity.
This uplifting presentation explains why the news is more negative than ever despite the world being safer, freer, richer and smarter than ever. Henry will show participants how to change their news diet and news frames so they can see the best of humankind, which improves well-being and morale. This data-driven optimism can be applied to organizations and workplaces that are dominated by pessimism.
POSITIVE SUM THINKING AND LIVING: SEE THE WORLD IN ALL ITS BEAUTY
It's so much easier to see what's wrong, and this is true in the workplace no less than the wider world. It's no surprise that the negative stands out and demands our attention. This is due in part to the negativity bias, our hardwired evolutionarily tendency to privilege threats and problems. But we live in a much safer world characterized by mutually beneficial exchanges, not war and violence. In the 21st century, leveraging strengths gives you the competitive advantage crucial for success in our hyperconnected world.
Building on Carol Dweck's work on growth mindset, Henry will introduce the Global Growth Mindset: When we see the world as a place of bounty and possibility, we will see and capitalize on more opportunities. Participants will come away seeing possibilities where they once saw threats and roadblocks.
COPE: LEVERAGING STRENGTHS THROUGH POSITIVITY
What emotion drives most organizations? Fear! Unfortunately, a fear first focus will likely lead to burnout and drive good people away. A culture of positive emotions (COPE) leads to an energized workplace, burn in, employee retention, and innovation. Henry's COPE keynote will help your institution build a COPEing culture that leverages organization strengths and builds productive collaboration and workplace satisfaction. Tracking concepts from Henry’s work, participants leave with follow-up materials and exercises to burn in a COPE culture.