Positive Health in Action

So what can we do? Here is an example. I recently read Search Inside Yourself by Tan. In the book it discussed the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team (see at: http://hoopthoughts.blogspot.com/2008/10/five-dysfunctions-of-team.html)
The Dysfunctions pyramid describes and explains what leads to or causes inattention to results which of course is undesirable. The pyramid therefore shows that absence of trust(base), causes fear of conflict which leads to lack of commitment so there is avoidance of accountability which is why there is inattention to results.

As an exercise to become better at PHL I thought, what if this idea was turned around. Instead of discovering what leads to inattention to results, think about what leads to attention to results – something everyone wants on a team. Also by changing to a positive focus, this then would change our actions.

If the pyramid was about what leads to attention on results we would want to be engaged in activities to build trustworthiness so people on the team felt freedom and support to use creativity which would create ownership and commitment to ideals which is something they would want to be accountable for and this therefore results in attention to results. A desirable, positive outcome.

To me this is an example of how to apply PHL because it is about how to get desired results, not about how to avoid undesired outcomes.

I have heard others are trying to do some positive actions that are support the ideals of PHL. Please, I share your efforts so we can help, learn, and grow into who we want to be!

One thought on “Positive Health in Action

  1. I posted this for Heidi:

    Serendipitously, I just finished reading (for grad school) the original
    theory on the 5 dysfunctions of a team (Lencioni, 2002) and did the same
    thing- I reversed the pyramid. In fact, I have been finding myself
    doing that with much research and theory. The general approach to
    research is often to prove or disprove a specific hypothesis. By it’s
    nature, qualitative research, attempts to account for the cause,
    origination and prediction of what is often the ‘negative’ outcome. As
    we know, our cultural (and academic) focus on the negative is due to our
    desire to avoid it or not perpetuate it. We know our challenge in PHL
    is to flip the paradigm. We know that focusing on the negative has not
    led us to creating the positive.
    I am practicing PHL by bringing that necessary paradigm shift to
    thinking, writing and discussing research and theory within my graduate
    program. I intend to use PHL to positively affect my little corner of
    academia 🙂 stay tuned

    – Heidi Hultman McAllister


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