Meaning Centered Approach

Good Work: The Meaning-Centered Approach (MCA)

To be published as Wong, P. T. P., Ivtzan, I., & Lomas, T. (2016). Good work: A meaning-centred approach. In L. G. Oades, M. F. Steger, A. Delle Fave, & J. Passmore (Eds.), The Wiley Blackwell handbook of the psychology of positivity and strengths-based approaches at work (pp. 0-0). West Sussex, UK: Wiley Blackwell. This publication was partially supported by the research grant on Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life from the John Templeton Foundation. Introduction This chapter focuses on the notion of good work from a meaning-centered approach (MCA). MCA views good work at three levels: the individual, the organization, and society. At the individual

Continue reading






Lessons from the Enron Debacle: Corporate Culture Matters!

Wong, P. T. P. (2005). Lessons from the Enron debacle – Corporate culture matters. In Nasreen Taher (Ed.). Organizational culture: An introduction. Hyderabad, India: ICFAI University Press. Pp.180-192.Available online since 2002 from: http://www.meaning.ca/archives/archive/art_lessons-from-enron_P_Wong.htm   The recent Enron collapse has sent shockwaves all over the financial world and raised serious questions regarding corporate governance: How could America’s seventh largest corporation suddenly descend to bankruptcy? What has contributed to its sudden implosion? Currently, there are more than 10 separate committees investigating possible wrong doings and illegal activities, such as fraud and insider trading. Available information suggests that Enron made its money with

Continue reading






What Makes a Great Worker? A Positive Psychology Solution

If your future employer were to ask you: “Are you a great worker?” What would your answer be? Chances are, you would say something like: “Well, I think I am, because I am very good in what I do and I am passionate about my work.” But that sounds like the stock answer in a formal job interview. The real great workers possess some special qualities that set them apart from the merely good ones. The challenge is how to identify these illusive attributes. In today’s knowledge economy, human resources are the most important assets, because great people make great

Continue reading






The PURE Strategy for Organizational Excellence

An excellent organization is not only the best place to work for, but also an agent of positive social change. Apart from excelling in what it does, such an organization is capable of uplifting the human spirit and having its influence felt for generations. There are several well-known approaches to achieve this seemingly impossible dream. The Lean principles and the Toyota Way (Liker, 2004; Liker & Hoseus, 2008; Liker & Meier, 2007; Womack & Jones, 2003) offer promising pathways. David Koichi Chao, President of Lean Sensei International, made a bold and visionary statement in his book ‘Lean Reflections’ (2009): “I

Continue reading






Servant Leadership and Positive Management

Much has been written about organizational leadership and management. Numerous MBA and Leadership programs continue to improve their curriculum. But are the graduates from these programs adequately prepared for today’s turbulent and volatile world? Are we raising the right kind of leaders for a complex and uncertain future? The nature of both work and the workplace has changed drastically (Billett, 2006). The recent state of corporate scandals (Wong, 2002a), the increasing diversity of the workforce, and the quickening pace of social and technological change require a fundamental rethinking in leadership and management. The focus of leadership needs to be shifted

Continue reading






The Power of Courage

The courageous voice of a true champion is contagious. It can turn despair to hope, and defeat to victory. For instance, the reassuring, roaring voice of Winston Churchill in the darkest days of England during World War II is widely credited as playing a major role in changing the fortunes of the war in Europe. “Be strong and courageous,” was the repeated charge from God to Joshua after the death of Moses. “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them” (Joshua 1:6). The Promised Land did

Continue reading