05 / 28 / 13

Speak With Good Purpose – Just One Principle from Summer Academic Enrichment Program


SuperCamp teaches summer academic enrichment program based on the 8 Keys of Excellence.

By Chase Mielke

A newlywed couple is sitting in a room, about to have an argument. You are in another room, watching them through a one-way mirror.

You’ve been asked to predict, within just a few minutes, the likelihood of this couple getting a divorce. That’s a big prediction to make, my friend. So, what do you look for? The intensity of their death stares? Their potential to be cast on Real Housewives? If only there were a specific measure you could tally to help your predictions . . .

There is! It’s called the Losada Ratio, and it has been found in flourishing companies, couples, and even resilient individuals. And, it centers around one key more than any other: Speak with Good Purpose.

First, let’s see the Losada Ratio in action. Marcial Losada, who gets a sweet, fancy term named after him, studied sixty business teams, watching their every interaction on video. He then tracked these same teams for the year and identified the high and low performing teams based on how much they profited, how good their evaluations were, and how satisfied customers were.

Losada found something great: The highest performing fifteen teams had something in common. They each had a high ratio of positive to negative interactions with one another. High performing teams showed encouragement, support, and appreciation.

Low performing teams showed more cynicism, disapproval, and sarcasm. The results were so clear, in fact, that Losada was able to identify a benchmark ratio of three positives for every one negative (actually 2.9 to 1, but rounding up is what the cool kids do). This ratio of three-to-one is known as the Losada Line, the minimum ratio for a high-performing team. And, it has been found in more than just business.

Let’s return to your divorce predictions. Want to make an accurate prediction? Track a couple’s Losada Ratio. John Gottman is known as a relationship guru. Why? Because after watching just a few minutes of a couple’s interaction he can predict with 90% accuracy the likelihood of their getting a divorce. One of the keys to his prediction success is the Losada Ratio – the amount of positive interactions couples share compared to negatives. Positive couples last. Negative couples don’t.

We have something phenomenal here: We can accurately predict the success of a group or couple by literally counting their ratio of positive to negative interactions. There is a science behind Speaking with Good Purpose. Mounds of research confirm that people do well in a 3:1 environment of positivity. They flourish in 6:1 environments.

Our words can influence the success of business. Our words can change relationships. Our words can change lives. We can put science behind our words and the value of Speak with Good Purpose. So, let’s improve the world’s ratio, one positive word at a time.

SuperCamp teaches curriculum based on the 8 Keys of Excellence, as well as other academic study skills, personal enrichment techniques and more.

Visit www.SuperCamp.com or call 1-800-285-3276 NOW to speak with an Enrollment Counselor and learn how to increase grades, confidence and motivation.

About the Author:
Chase Mielke graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in English Education and Communications from Western Michigan University. He was born and currently resides in Michigan where he teaches high school Language Arts and Interpersonal Communication at Plainwell Community Schools. Presently, he is working on his Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. Aside from teaching, he loves coaching soccer, fitness and writing/performing music. He has worked with QLN since 2008.

About SuperCamp:
SuperCamp offers academic and personal enrichment summer camps for teens, including specifically designed summer programs for high school students, middle school students, and college students. These educational summer camps provide ideal college prep skills and help instill positive values for life based on The 8 Keys of Excellence by Bobbi DePorter. SuperCamp’s academic summer programs for teens help students increase their grades, confidence and motivation.

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