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ERIC Number: EJ1216822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2327-5324
Introducing Business Communication Students to the Power of Positivity: Providing One Approach
Meek, Shawnee; Tucker, Mary L.; Pueschel, Andrew; Jordan, Kim
Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, v22 May 2019
When interviewed about requirements pertaining to new hires, an executive in the Human Resources Division of Men's Wearhouse responded, "We don't look for people with specific levels of education and experience. We look for one criterion for hiring: optimism. We look for passion, excitement, energy. We want people who enjoy life." Students who are being trained in today's business curriculum are constantly inundated with highly complex subjects such as analytics, finance, and subject related theory. Rarely are they introduced to and/or trained in ways to maximize their potential for success regarding their professional outlook once entering the workplace. This paper discusses an approach to include positivity via Positive Psychology, studying "what makes life most worth living" as an enhancement to an undergraduate business curriculum focusing on 1) communication best practices, 2) building professional relationships, and 3) management techniques. Included in this manuscript are pedagogical techniques that can be easily replicated by educators and/or practitioners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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