The 5:1 ratio of positive to negative feedback

I read a book recently by William Gentry called “Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work for: A guide for new leaders” and he makes the simple but profoundly true observation: “…strive to give five positive pieces of feedback over a period of time before you must deliver a negative one.” he bases this suggestion on research done by relationship experts John and Julie Gotterman in their work investigating successful marriages vs. those ending in divorce. according to the research- the ratio of positive to negative interactions for successful/married couples is typically around 5:1, whereas, unstable marriages show a ratio of 0.8:1.

In his book he also points to research showing how non-verbal communication (facial expression, tone, body gesture and proximity, eye contact, etc..) makes up anywhere between 65%-93% “..of the total emotional interaction between two people.”

I know I needed this reminder!

Study on Speaking to your Children

Read this study article:

http://literacy.rice.edu/thirty-million-word-gap

This tells me to speak to my children and encourage them as much as possible from a young age. The answer to more well-formed children and society is not necessarily more and newer school programs. It starts at home. I don’t agree with all the implications that some might draw from this article but the correlation between poor/bad (not necessarily income bracket) parenting and poor outcomes should speak for itself.

Freedom and Climate Change

Watch video: https://www.prageru.com/courses/environmental-science/what-they-havent-told-you-about-climate-change#.VikEtfmT5ds.facebook Watch this five minute video. Patrick Moore, Co-Founder of Greenpeace, says, “All the information I’ve presented — the increases, decreases and plateaus in temperature over the ages and into the last centuries — is available to anyone who wants to seek it out. Yet to state these simple facts is to risk […]