A self-determination perspective of strengths use at work: Examining its determinant and performance implications

We investigate the role of strengths use in the workplace by drawing on self-determination theory (SDT) to propose that strengths use at work can yield performance benefits in terms of task performance and discretionary helping, and that the social context, in the form of leader autonomy support, can promote employees’ strengths use....

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‘It’s up to you’: Experimentally manipulated autonomy support for prosocial behavior improves well-being in two cultures over six weeks

Previous research has demonstrated a strong link between prosocial behavior – particularly autonomous prosocial behavior – and well-being. Little is known, however, about whether and how autonomy might be boosted in the context of everyday kindnesses....

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Book Review: Self-directed behavior (ninth edition)

Book Review:  Self-directed behavior (ninth edition), by David Watson and Roland Tharp

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How can humanistic coaching affect employee well-being and performance? An application of self-determination theory

Coaching has established itself as a key component of employee learning and development. Yet despite the prevalence and impact of coaching in organisations there has been a lack of theory regarding the processes through which coaching behaviours influence outcomes for coachees (i.e. motivation performance and wellbeing)....

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Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

Research in psychology has revealed that our decisions are disrupted by an array of biases and irrationalities: We’re overconfident. We seek out information that supports us and downplay information that doesn’t. We get distracted by short-term emotions. When it comes to making choices, it seems, our brains are flawed instruments....

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On being yourself in different cultures: ideal and actual self-concept autonomy support and well-being in China Russia and the United States.

The present study used multilevel modeling and measures of the Big Five to test Rogers? prediction that discrepancies between ideal and actual self-concept would be negatively associated with well-being and to test the prediction drawn from self-determination theory that partners?...

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