Throughout the R8 System, we will draw on Shawn Achor's The Happiness Advantage. In his book, he lays out "Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work." Individuals must reflect on their conduct in a positive way with the understanding that they can change.
Brains are malleable and with work, can transform positively.
Although Achor does not address abuse or bullying in any sort of direct way, his evidence-based argument for positive mindset, openness to possibility, social investment are all crucial tenets of a non-abusive or bullying environment. They speak to the growth mindset encapsulated in R8's re-educate and rehabilitate.
Shawn Achor's approach is a concise way to organize and construct a transformative system like R8.
Jennifer Fraser chose it because of his reference to extensive, rigorous neuroscientific or psychological research to back up his prescription for happiness.
A toxic organizational environment, infected with bullying and abuse, is the opposite of happiness.
By starting with exercises that shift your individuals and organization’s mindset from bullying and abuse into empathy and compassion, you will be well-prepared to work through the case studies. It's all about relationships and how we respond to one another.
An organizational culture that is built on relationships of mutual respect should not shy away from safe, anonymous reporting which reverses trends toward dismissing, ignoring and covering-up.
The competitive advantage of positive psychology
How to change performance by applying a growth-mindset
How to train in order to capitalize on the "path up and out"
The importance of using errors and failures to build upward momentum
How to limit focus to manageable goals during times of organizational change
How to minimize barriers to change
How to recognize the value of social investment
With a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto, Jennifer's development of the R8 System is in response to the devastation of bullying and abuse to organizations. She has a forthcoming book entitled The Bullied Brain: What Neuroscientists Know about Brain Scars and How To Heal Them.