Leadership & the Art of Possibility

“Probably a lot of you know the story of the two salesmen who went down to Africa in the 1900s. They were sent down to find if there was any opportunity for selling shoes, and they wrote telegrams back to Manchester. And one of them wrote, ‘Situation hopeless. Stop. They don’t wear shoes.’ And the … Read more

Building the Most Successful Team of All Time

“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” —Daniel Goleman, author and psychologist “Negative emotions like loneliness, … Read more

Boost Happiness by Forming New Habits of Mind

“Focusing on the good isn’t just about overcoming our inner grump to see the glass half full. It’s about opening our minds to the ideas and opportunities that will help us be more productive, effective and successful at work and in life.” —Shawn Achor, positive psychology expert What’s the secret to becoming a happier person? … Read more

Happiness is a Work Ethic

“The single greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy is a positive and engaged workforce. That is not conjecture. That is now a confirmed scientific fact.” —Shawn Achor, positive psychology expert At PQC, we find Shawn Achor’s “The Happiness Advantage” incredibly interesting and have worked to instill some of its values into our everyday lives. … Read more

Optimism at MetLife

Image courtesy of kibsri at FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Can you imagine a profession where the onslaught of rejection is more a constant than an occasional occurrence? If you thought of sales, you are right. MetLife knows this well. They measured the results of agents—those possessing optimism and those of the more pessimistic variety—and discovered that the more … Read more

Happiness Training

Success image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net. “Habits are like financial capital—forming one today is an investment that will automatically give out returns for years to come. “Happiness is not the belief that we don’t need to change; it’s the realization that we can.” —Shawn Achor If you could achieve: 37% greater sales 3x … Read more

Job Corps Testimonial

Posted: Oct. 31, 2016 Recently, PQC and our Paul Simon Job Corps Center Career Technical Training team were delighted to receive a letter from one of our former Material Handling and Distribution Operations students, Ms. Jasmine Nicole Blue Quinn. In her letter, Ms. Quinn discusses the opportunities she has been able to pursue and the … Read more