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I N T ERV I EW B Y M E R E D I T H B I R C H A L L- S P E N C E R DR. KATHRYN CRAMER REVEALS HOW WE CAN CHANGE OUR WORLDVIEW USING ASSET-BASED THINKING eighed down by the chaos of a 24/7 workday, negative co-workers and despondent employees? All you have to do is change the way you see, well, everything. Sound like a tall order? Not so, says Kathryn Cramer, PhD, founder of the Cramer Institute in St. Louis, Mo., and author of Change the Way you See Yourself (Running Press, 2008) and Change the Way You See Everything (Running Press, 2006). Dr. Cramer uses the asset-based thinking approach she developed with colleagues at the Cramer Institute to help organizations such as DuPont, Starbucks, MasterCard and the U.S. Air Force develop leaders, increase productivity and manage change. HRP: What is ABT and how does it enhance our effectiveness? KC: Asset-based thinking (ABT) describes a mindset. You can think of ABT as a focus on what’s working, what’s strong and what’s most worthwhile at any moment in yourself, in other people and also in the W IN A NUTSHELL First job: Painting decorative milk cans for department store home furnishing departments Childhood ambition: To have a beach house Best boss and why: A professor of psychology who mentored me as a consultant and believed in me more than I believed in myself Next move: To increase my visibility as a keynote speaker Ideal retirement destination: No retirement for me! I am too Type A Last iPod download: Elton John and Billy Joel live in concert Favourite author or book and why: I love many books, but The Little Prince is a longtime favourite Source of current inspiration: My professional community at The Cramer Institute and my work with teen leaders The best piece of advice I ever got: Everything in moderation including moderation situation at hand. Deficit-based thinking (DBT) is a focus on what’s not working and what’s problematic. Of course, by nature and nurture, we are more finely tuned to pay attention to the deficit-based channels. By nature, we are hardwired to something that alarms us, disturbs us or puts us in danger. By nurture, our school systems and workplaces are focused on what to correct and improve. Those two forces actually create a bias toward DBT. With practice, if you apply ABT, you will spend five times more energy on the positive than on the negative. A u g u s t / S e p t e m b e r 2 0 0 9 43 w w w. HRT houghtLeader. c om

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of HR Professional - August/September 2009

HR Professional - August/September 2009
Editor's Letter
Leadership Matters
Wellness ROI
Human Capital
Talent Management
HR 101
Interview with Dr. Kathryn Cramer
Off the Shelf
The Last Word

HR Professional - August/September 2009