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Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast

If you believe as I do that by uncovering tested, practical ways to help people move from functioning to flourishing at work, we can better navigate the incredible challenges and opportunities our world faces, then this podcast is for you. My goal each week is to give you access to the world’ leading positive psychology, positive organizational scholarship and neuroscience researchers and practitioners to explore their latest research findings on how you can improve wellbeing, develop strengths, nurture positive relationships, make work meaningful and cultivate the grit to accomplish what matters most. If you want evidence-based approaches to bringing out the best in yourself and others at work, then consider this podcast your step-by-step guide.
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May 25, 2018

Today’s Guest:

Dr. Mark Williamson, who is the Co-founder and Director of Action for Happiness. Since creating and launching Action for Happiness in 2011, Mark has engaged with a vast range of organizations, projects, and people on the topics of happiness, well-being, and resilience, including leading academics, major multinational corporations, public sector organizations, policymakers, schools, charities, and community organizations. He's led the development of all of the Action for Happiness resources and activities and has spoken regularly on related topics at events and conferences across the UK and around the world.

In today's episode, we'll discuss the work of the Action for Happiness organization, and some of the practices they've implemented in workplaces. 

Connect with Mark:

Website: actionforhappiness.org/

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:04] - Mark explains how Action for Happiness became a global movement to improve people’s wellbeing.
  • [04:09] - Mark shares how Action for Happiness has mobilized wellbeing champions around the world.
  • [07:07] - Mark shares how Action For Happiness help bridges the gap between knowledge and action when it comes to improving people’s wellbeing.
  • [10:27] - Mark explains how coaching circles can provide social support for people creating behavioral changes.
  • [13:51] - Mark explains how to have meaningful conversations in workplaces about wellbeing behaviors.
  • [15:58] - Mark shares an example of a company building wellbeing practices across their workplace.
  • [17:57] - Mark explains why organizations will continue to invest in wellbeing programs over the next 12 months.
  • [21:15] - Mark completes the lightning round.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Mark!

May 18, 2018

Paul Zak is the founding director of the Centre for Neuroeconomic Studies and professor of economics, psychology, and management at Claremont Graduate University. Paul is part of the team of scientists that first made the connection between oxytocin and trust, and this TED Talk on the topic has received over a million views. His latest book, Trust Factor, The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies uses neuroscience to measure and manage organizational cultures to inspire teamwork and accelerate business outcomes.

In today’s episode, we’ll be discussing the effects of oxytocin on trust and how heightening the OXYTOCIN factors can help to build stronger and more effective teams in workplaces.

Connect with Paul:

Website: pauljzak.com
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You’ll Learn:

  • [01:57] - Paul explains how neuromanagement works.
  • [04:33] - Paul outlines the OXYTOCIN factors that workplaces can build to improve trust in organizations.
  • [08:30] - Paul explains how to confidently share neuroscience findings as researchers continue to learn more about the brain.
  • [14:34] - Paul shares the bottom-line benefits of trust in workplaces.
  • [17:30] - Paul outlines the research on how oxytocin impacts people’s ability to trust.
  • [21:28] - Paul shares why new studies have found oxytocin can stimulate envy.
  • [23:17] - Paul completes the lightning round.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Paul!

May 11, 2018

Dr. Elaine O’Brien is an educator, trainer, author, presenter, speaker, and pioneer in the Health, Exercise, and Fitness Industry, as well as a leader in the burgeoning science of Applied Positive Psychology. She is CEO of Lifestyle Medicine Coaching & Training, a consultancy, & FitDance: Move2Love providing training, presentations, and program content development around positive health, whole fitness, optimal performance, exercise and aging well through the lifespan. Elaine delivers positive exercise programming, and training protocols to help boost motivation, exercise adherence, enjoyment, and whole health and wellbeing across domains and through the lifespan. 

In today’s episode, we’ll be discussing the psychology of human movement and the small steps you can take in workplaces to keep people’s bodies, hearts and minds functioning at their best.

Connect with Elaine:

Website: Elaine O'Brien (LinkedIn)

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You’ll Learn:

  • [02:07] - Elaine explains the psychology of human movement and how understanding this can help to improve people’s wellbeing.
  • [06:07] - Elaine shares why workplaces are becoming more intentional in finding ways to help people move more during their days to improve our ability to learn, connect and flourish.
  • [08:22] - Elaine explains how workplaces can use energy breaks to improve people’s mood and sense of connection with each other.
  • [12:16] - Elaine shares how energy breaks can be a great opportunity for people to practice their growth mindset, develop their strengths and engage their self-compassion.
  • [14:32] - Elaine shares the latest thinking on how much movement we should be aiming for to maintain our wellbeing.
  • [16:07] - Elaine offers some tips for workplaces wanting to engage their people in their more authentic, joyful and positive movement programs.
  • [21:42] - Elaine completes the lightning round.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Elaine!

May 4, 2018

 

Rick Hanson is a psychologist, Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Centre at UC Berkeley, and New York Times bestselling author. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. His books are available in 26 languages and include Hard Wiring Happiness, and his newest book, Resilient, has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR.

In today’s episode, we’ll be talking about how to develop the traits of resilience to help people manage their levels of anxiety and stress in the workplace.

Connect with Rick:

Website: www.rickhanson.net/

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You’ll Learn:

  • [02:12] - Rick explains why modern life is neurologically heightening our levels of anxiety.
  • [04:38] - Rick explains how we can be more resilient in the face of constant change, uncertainty and complexity in workplaces.
  • [07:37] - Rick shares the three simple steps people can take to build resilience practices.
  • [10:48] -  Rick gives several quick techniques for improving resilience that take less than 5 minutes per day.
  • [11:47] - Rick shares the 12 neurological muscles for resilience that people can build.
  • [13:06] - Rick explains how the intensity of positive emotions impact our levels of resilience.
  • [17:44] - Rick points out the difference between building positive emotions that are state-to-state and those that are sustainable traits that boost our resilence.
  • [26:44] - Rick completes the lightning round.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Rick!

Apr 27, 2018

Zoe Galvez and Betsy Crouch, co-founders of ImprovHQ, help leaders and organizations develop effective communication, exceptional collaboration, and engaged cultures through interactive learning experiences, based on the principles of improvisation and positive psychology. They deliver workshops, keynotes, and executive coaching programmes, to workplaces that include Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Dropbox, and many more.

Today we’ll be discussing how the principles and practices of improvisation can be used to teach people the skills of positive psychology in workplaces.

Connect with Betsy and Zoe:

Website: improvhq.com

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You’ll Learn:

  • [02:36] - Zoe and Betsy explain how positive psychology practices can be fused with improvisation techniques to help people flourish at work.
  • [05:40] - The Improv HQ team give examples of how improvisation skills can develop people’s resilience.
  • [09:02] - Zoe explains why every conversation at work is an opportunity for connection or confusion, and how improv can build trust and psychological safety between people.
  • [10:47] - Betsy shares how improv practices can be a great opportunity to spot people’s strengths and put them to work.
  • [12:43] - Zoe explains how improv can be an emotional rope course in workplaces and how they teach leaders to build a resilient response to failure.
  • [18:03] - Zoe shares how improv can help to build a giving culture in teams.
  • [18:59] - Betsy shares how AI Summits are using improv to supercharge results for participants.
  • [21:04] - Betsy and Zoe explain the six improv principles unscripted leaders use to thrive at work.
  • [26:58] - Betsy & Zoe complete the lightning round.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Betsy and Zoe!

Apr 20, 2018

Dr. Tal Ben Shahar is the co-founder of the Happiness Studies Academy and the creator and instructor of the Certificate in Happiness Studies Programme. Known around the world for teaching two of the most popular courses in Harvard’s history, Positive Psychology and the Psychology of Leadership, Tal is also an international best-selling author and the co-founder of Potential Life and Happier TV.

Today we’ll be exploring the concept of wholebeing and why our happiness at work and in life is interconnected.

Connect with Tal-Ben Shahar:

Website: talbenshahar.com

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You’ll Learn:

  • [01:37] - Tal shares the impact positive psychology has had over the last decade in workplaces.
  • [02:30] - Tal talks about the need to bring together different scientific disciplines in order to further the study of happiness.
  • [04:23] - Tal introduces the concept of wholebeing and why people need to SPIRE.
  • [06:38] - Tal explains why our happiness is interconnected with our environment and what this means practically.
  • [09:36] - Tal shares how workplaces can leverage interconnectedness to improve people’s sense of wholebeing.
  • [11:47] - Tal explains how Sainsbury grocery stores in the UK are working to improve the happiness of their employees.
  • [13:38] - Tal outlines how workplaces can help people to change and sustain the behaviors that may make them happier at work.
  • [16:49] - Tal outlines how high-intensity interval training can help to embed happiness behaviors.
  • [19:08] - Tal completes the lightning round.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Tal!

Apr 13, 2018

Jenn Lim is the CEO of Delivering Happiness, a company she and Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, co-founded to inspire passion and purpose as part of their profitable happiness business model. To achieve this, Jenn delivers talks, interactive workshops, executive alignment sessions and culture team training for companies all over the world, and with the help of her team, they also create some wonderful tools to measure and improve happiness in workplaces.

In today’s episode, we’ll be discussing how to leverage Self-Determination Theory practices to help employees feel happier, ensure customers are more satisfied and deliver and improve the bottom line for your workplace.

Connect with Jenn Lim:

Website: deliveringhappiness.com

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You’ll Learn:

  • [02:00] - Jenn shares the story of Zappos and how they have created a flourishing culture.
  • [06:21] - Jenn explains how Self-Determination Theory provides the foundation for a happiness business model.
  • [07:36] - Jenn shares practical examples of how to improve autonomy and competence in workplaces.
  • [10:57] - Jenn explains how Zappos helps build relatedness in the workplace between managers and their teams
  • [13:45] - Jenn shares some tips and tricks for helping people in your organizational live the cultural values.
  • [17:43] - Jenn explains why Zappos offer people money to quit during their induction to ensure they have the right cultural fit.
  • [20:06] - Jenn shares some real-world examples of the kind of business outcomes organizations are achieving by investing in the happiness of their employees.
  • [24:07] - Jenn completes the lightning round.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Jenn!

Apr 6, 2018

Dr. Timothy Sharp runs one of Australia’s most respected clinical psychology practices, is a highly regarded executive coaching practice, and is the founder and chief happiness officer of the happiness institute, Australia’s first and now largest organization devoted solely to enhancing happiness in individuals, families, and workplaces. An adjunct professor in positive psychology at the University of Technology in Sydney and RMIT University, Tim is a sought-after public speaker who makes frequent media appearances, and is the author of, among other things, “100 Ways to Happiness: A Guide for Busy People” and most recently, “Live Happier, Live Longer: A Guide to Positive Ageing”.

In today’s episode we’ll discuss how to help people find the time to integrate wellbeing practices into their workplace.

Connect with Tim Sharp:

Connect with Tim Sharp:

Website: www.drhappy.com.au/

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You’ll Learn:

  • [03:28] - Tim details the acronym CHOOSE, which relates to the idea of choosing happiness for our own lives.
  • [08:07] - Tim gives tips on how to make time for happiness practises.
  • [12:27] - Tim discusses how a workplace could embed happiness practises into the everyday lives of their employees, using the approach of mental health organisation Batyr as an example.
  • [17:48] - Tim talks about making happiness practises work for the long term, by embedding and reinforcing key principles within the organisation.
  • [21:03] - Tim gives examples of some support and activities that can be provided to improve mental health in the workplace.
  • [22.58] - Tim explains how to navigate the cynics when trying to implement wellbeing practises within a workplace.
  • [25:25] - Lightning round with Tim Sharp.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Tim!

Mar 22, 2018

Stella Grizont is a graduate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Master’s of Applied Positive Psychology programme and is an executive coach who has worked with over 14,000 people in 21 countries. Stella has also delivered workshops to organizations including Google, Johnson and Johnson, Young & Rubicam to inspire their employees to develop a positive work culture. Her unique approach to loving your work has been featured on MSNBC, ABC news and the Today Show.

In today’s episode Stella explains the power of playful mindset to help us avoid getting stuck in the common mind traps most of us struggle with at work.

Connect with Stella Grizont:

Website: www.woopaah.com 

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:06] – Stella explains how the playful mindset can help approach uncertain situations with curiosity rather than fear at work.
  • [10:38] – Stella shares how complaining can become a common mind trap, because it triggers our negativity bias over and over again.
  • [11:56] – Stella talks about how comparing yourself to others is another mindtrap in which people often become stuck.
  • [13:56] – Stella outlines her “Vision Generator” exercise, and how it can help you to generate your vision and clarify how you want to be to avoid comparisons with others.
  • [14:34] – Stella explains how criticism – especially of ourselves – gets many of stuck when it comes to our work and what we can do to be more supportive of ourselves.
  • [19:29] – Stella shares what she wishes she known when she first graduated from the Masters of Positive Psychology program.
  • [21:24] – Lightning round with Stella Grizont.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Stella!

Mar 15, 2018

Dr. Diana Whitney is the founder and president of Positive Change, a global consultancy that helps executives and their teams design and facilitate high engagement, appreciative inquiry processes in support of business goals, strategies and innovation. Diana is also the co-founder of the Taos Institute, an education think-tank with over 500 international associates, teaching and doing research into constructive, relational processes in business, education families and communities. Diana is also the author of 18 books and dozens of articles and chapters including the Power of Appreciative Inquiry: A Practical Guide to Positive Change. She has more than 30 years of experience in helping make change happen, and teaching people how to make change happen around the world.

In today’s episode, Diana shares how she uses appreciative inquiry approaches to help organizations have a curious mindset and discover what gives life to their people to help systems create changes that work.  Diana shares several case studies and what her research has found enables appreciative inquiry approaches to improve relationships and bottom-line business outcomes.

Connect with Diana Whitney:

Website: positivechange.org

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:22] - Diana talks about how to introduce appreciative inquiry to clients that you work with.
  • [04.24] - Diana gives an example of how this could be approach could be applied in an organization.
  • [07:40] - Diana talks about the fear surrounding things that aren’t working well in an organization if they aren't openly discussed.
  • [09:42] - Diana explains how successful organisations "nurture out" their staff into roles that are most suitable to them.
  • [10:46] - Diana discusses the key skill of flipping or reframing the narrative, to shift the organisation and the thinking of people from what the problems are, known as deficit, into more life affirming, positive possibilities.
  • [14:45] - Diana shares the the incredible case study of Hunter Douglas Window Fashions.
  • [19:18] - Diana talks about why appreciative inquiry delivers these kind of outcomes.
  • [22:00] - Lightning round with Diana Whitney

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Diana!

Mar 9, 2018

Reuben Rusk is the founder of Mind Quip, a social enterprise in Christ Church New Zealand whose vision is to create a happier and more productive workforce. Reuben is a lifelong learner and a big picture thinker who's passionate about teaching people to improve their lives and their wellbeing by distilling large amounts of research into down to earth training about what matters most. An experienced presenter and recognized expert in well being and resilience, Reuben’s research has been published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, the psychology of wellbeing, and the Journal of Happiness studies.

In today’s episode, we’ll be talking about the five domains Rueben’s research has found lie at the heart of more than 18,000 peer-reviewed positive psychology intervention articles and how these can be combined to create a synergistic and holistic approach to create wellbeing behavior changes that work.

Connect with Reuben Rusk:

Website: mindquip.com

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You’ll Learn:

  • [02:00] - Reuben identified more than 18,000 documents, and here talks about what he found that can help us to improve our well being?
  • [03:47] - Reuben discusses the five clusters of terms that he identified.
  • [07:09] - Reuben talks about how the synergistic change model might help to shape our wellbeing.
  • [08:59] - Reuben explains how the synergistic change model provides a framework to think through some important complexities.
  • [11:41] - Reuben talks about how he helps people understand how to navigate emotional and social complexities.
  • [12:50] - Reuben discusses the concept of relapse.
  • [14:45] - Reuben explains how to think synergistically across those five domains of emotions, attention and awareness, comprehension and coping, goals and habits and social relationships, when trying to make a positive intervention.
  • [15:58] - Reuben talks about the environmental factors that can affect positive interventions.
  • [18:38] - Reuben discusses how the simpler option is not necessarily easier, and how simplifying complex systems can do more harm than good.
  • [21:37] - Lightning Round with Reuben Rusk

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Reuben!

Mar 1, 2018

David Desteno is a Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University where he directs the social immersions group. David’s research examines the mechanisms of the mind that shape vice and virtue, and his work continually reveals that human moral behaviour is much more variable than most would predict. He’s regularly featured in the media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Harvard Business Review to name just a few. David is the author of several books including Emotional Success, The Truth about Trust, and the co-author of the Wall Street Journal’s spotlight psychology best seller, Out of Character.

In today’s episode David shares his research on self-control and why harnessing social emotions – like gratitude, compassion and pride – can be an effective and energizing way to improve our levels of grit.

Connect with David Desteno:

Website: www.davedesteno.com

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You’ll Learn:

  • [01:56] - David talks about the ability to be future oriented and persevere to our future goals is an important part of life.
  • [03:27] - David explains how the human mind tends to discount the value of the future.
  • [05:01] - David lists gratitude, compassion and pride, as the social emotions that help with control and grit?
  • [06:58] - David discusses how being self interested and aggressive is not an effective recipe for success, in the long term.
  • [07:42] - David explains that what is adaptive for helping other people is adaptive for ourselves as well.
  • [09:03] - David talks about how people who practise gratitude, compassion and pride, will demonstrate greater perseverence and less procrastination. He also discusses how the practise of meditation and mindfulnes can improve these qualities.
  • [10:21] - David talks about making a habit of taking pride in steps along the way, not just when you reach your ultimate goal.
  • [14:02] - David explains how pride can lead to perseverance.
  • [15:47] - David gives examples of things that we can do to create a sense of authentic pride for ourselves.
  • [17:21] - David details the intersection between the social emotions and our ability to maintain a growth mindset as we go about our jobs.
  • [18:42] - David talks about our biases on who we choose to show compassion to, and how.
  • [20:00] - David gives some practical tips on how to cultivate more compassion to improve relationships at work.
  • [21:32] - David lists some other emotions that play into our social relationships, impact the choices we make, and our levels of self-control and grit.
  • [22:24] - Lightning round with David Desteno.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you David!

Feb 22, 2018

Jo Mitchell is a clinical psychologist and co-founder of the Mind Room, a health, wellbeing and performance psychology practice in Melbourne, Australia. Jo has over 20 years of sports industry experience and has a specialist interest in working with high performers across all fields to improve their wellbeing, particularly by using the tools of Positive Psychology, Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness. She is also on the board for Action for Happiness Australia.

In today’s episode, we’ll be discussing how to introduce wellbeing practices into workplaces that are cautious or skeptical about ‘soft skills’. We’ll explore how to tailor language, create a systems approach and a new app that opens this science up to a much wider market.

Connect with Jo Mitchell:

Website: themindroom.com.au

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You’ll Learn:

  • [01:58} - Jo explains how she taylors the language used to present ideas of positive psychology, to be openly accepted in typically tough and competitive workplaces.
  • [04:55] - Jo talks about setting up a support network to help footballers stick with newly learned behaviours, using repetition and reinforcement.
  • [10:24] - Jo talks about her new wellbeing mobile app called Mind Max.
  • [14:37] - Jo discusses the gender bias in men around wellness and wellbeing.
  • [20:45] - Jo explains how we can prevent burnout by scheduling moments of rejuvenation into our daily life, and the importance of giving ourselves permission to do this.
  • [21:39] - Lightning round with Jo Mitchell

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Jo!

Feb 15, 2018

Patty McCord is a workplace innovator, culture and leadership consultant, and former chief talent officer at Netflix. Patty has many years of working with business leaders and aspiring management to help people realize and practice leadership. She is the author of a wonderful new book, Powerful: Teams, Leaders and the Culture of Freedom and Responsibility, which pushes the boundaries of thinking about the way we work. From abolishing performance reviews to challenging the need for policies, Patty believes people come to work as fully formed adults with a desire to make an impact and to be proud of what they do. Her ideas have been featured in publications around the world, including the Harvard’s Business Review, Fast Company and The Wall Street Journal.

In today’s podcast Patty explains why mapping engagement and happiness measures against productivity in workplaces may undermine the very results workplaces are trying to create.  She also shares how Netflix built a thriving culture by treating employees like adults, balancing freedom and responsibility and replacing performance reviews with radical honesty.

Connect with Patty McCord:

Website: pattymccord.com

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You’ll Learn:

  • [02:03] - Patty gives some of the dangers of overlaying engagement and happiness scores with team performance.
  • [06:48] - Patty talks about the value of saying something radically honest every day.
  • [07:53] - Patty explains how if you practise giving people feedback every day, 50% of it will work and be positive feedback.
  • [11:24] - Patty says why the freedom and responsibility has to live inside of the business that you're trying to accomplish.
  • [12:28] - Patty explains why strategy is figuring out what not to do.
  • [16:52] - Patty tells how to orchestrate vigorous debates to encourage people to get curious, and put themselves on the other side of the argument.
  • [19:23] - Patty gives examples of what should managers do instead of formal perfomance reviews.
  • [21:40] - Lightning round with Patty McCord.

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You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Patty!

Feb 8, 2018

Dr. Peter McGraw is an associate professor of marketing and psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. As a behavioral scientist, his research examines the interrelationship of judgment, emotion, and choice—with a focus on the production and consumption of entertainment. McGraw directs The Humor Research Lab (HuRL) and is the co-author of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny.

His research has been covered by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME NPR, BBC, and CNN. His work appears in the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Management Science, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.  He is currently trying to kick a sweater vest habit – even if it does get him kicked off the Stylist Scientist List.

Today we’re talking all about humor; how it can bring people together and push them apart. We’ll also cover it’s role in generating success for several key business areas.

Connect with Pete McGraw:

Website: petermcgraw.org/

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You’ll Learn:

  • [03:17] - Pete explains the principles of humour, and it's commonalities and differences across various demographics.
  • [05:03] - Pete dicsuses how to cultivate humour.
  • [07:32] - Pete covers the negative side of humour, and how it should be regulated in a work environment.
  • [09:53] - Pete talks about humour within cultures, and how forgiveness can be a complimentary quality.
  • [11:03] - Pete uses the analogy of being a supporting actor in life, and how productive it is when people act with this mindset.
  • {16:59] - Pete discusses the role of humour in sales and marketing, and how enthusiasm is a powerful tool for making an impact.
  • [18:55] - Pete lists some qualities that present charisma, including the use of movement and well placed silence.
  • [20:41] - Lightning round with Peter McGraw.

Your Resources:

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Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Gervase!

Feb 1, 2018

Gervase Bushe is the Professor of Leadership and Organisational Development at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. His career spans over three decades of transforming organisational structures, cultures and processes, away from command and control and towards more collaborative work systems. Gervase is an award winning author of over one hundred papers and has three books on organisational change, leadership, teams and teamwork. His newest co-authored book, “Dialogic Organisation Development: The Theory and Practise of Transformational Change,” builds on his ground breaking research into how appreciative inquiry leads to transformational change, and is gathering international acclaim. He has consulted to blue chip corporations and start-ups, public sector and business corporations in a variety of sectors and, in 2016, HR Magazine in the UK added him to their list of the 30 Most Influential HR thinkers.

Today we’re talking with Gervase about how to create changes in workplaces that enable them to flourish. Gervase shares his award-winning insights on why we need to understand more about how living systems thrive, the role of leaders and the danger of big visions, and how to ask generative questions that shift people’s thinking and behavior.

Connect with Gervase Bushe:

Website: gervasebushe.ca

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You’ll Learn:

  • [03:05] - Gervase introduces transformational change processes, and explains the results of tests he's done in that area.
  • [07:18] - Gervases gives his experience of how self organisation has been integrated into the workplace.
  • [11:26] - Gervase explains the difference between a 'positive' and 'generative' approach.
  • [16:27] - Gervase shares his tips on asking more generative questions.
  • [16:35] - Gervase talks about how to focus on developing positive traits, rather than trying to eliminate the negative.
  • [26:59] - Lightning round with Gervase Bushe

Your Resources:

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You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Gervase!

Jan 25, 2018

Peggy Holman is an author and consultant who employs dialogical practices to turn passivity into participation. Her award-winning book, Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity, provides a roadmap for tackling complex systems challenges. In the Change Handbook she and her co-authors profile 61 processes that enable diverse groups to create their desired future. As co-founder of the non-profit, Journalism that Matters, Peggy has helped to cultivate a journalism community of practise that is committed to journalism, which supports communities and democracy to thrive.

Today we’re talking to Peggy about what researchers are learning enables workplaces and systems to flourish, and why chaos rather than balance holds the key to learning and growth. Peggy shares her insights on how to create positive disruptions that enable a system to change, why passion and responsibility are the keys to authentic leadership and how leaders can mobilize and support people in taking action.

Connect with Peggy Holman:

Website: www.peggyholman.com

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You’ll Learn:

  • [03:40] - Peggy explains why it's important to challenge the current systems in place, and how disturbance can prompt change.
  • [07:47] - Peggy talks about how to actively guide disruptive factors, rather than taking a passive approach.
  • [15:16] - Peggy discusses the benefits of open space technology.
  • [18:47] - Peggy explains why organisations have difficulty embracing self organisation.
  • [21:10] - Peggy covers how self organisation has been proven to benefit work processes.
  • [22:25] - Peggy gives examples of principles and support that can help open space technology function at it's best.
  • [23:20] - Peggy talks about some new approaches that have been discovered.
  • [25:11] - Peggy lists some cautions and caveats when implementing these approaches.
  • [25:51] - Lightning round with Peggy Holman

Your Resources:

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Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Peggy!

Jan 18, 2018

Jacqueline Stavros is an Associate Professor at the Lawrence Technological University and has been honored with the LTU Inaugural Presidential Research Award. She’s known for her creation of SOAR, a profoundly positive approach to strategic thinking, planning, and leadership, based on the concept of Appreciative Inquiry.

Today we’re talking to Jacqui about how the SOAR framework and how this can be used to help organizations and teams take a strengths-based, systems approach to strategic planning. and the kind of results they might expect.  Jacqui helps us to understand how SOAR differs from SWOT approaches, how to help the cynics embrace a more strengths-orientated approach and how you conduct a quick SOAR in just a few hours with a team.

Connect with Jacqueline Stavros:

Website: http://soar-strategy.com/

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You’ll Learn:

  • [02:14] - Jackie talks about 'meeting people where they're at].
  • [02:50] - Jackie explains generative questions.
  • [03:43] - Jackie gives an introduction to SOAR (strengths, opportunities, aspirations & results) and how it works.
  • [05:55] - Jackie gives example of which situations SOAR is most appropriate for.
  • [08:59] - Jackie explains the '5 'I' Approach'.
  • [12:05] - Jackie discusses the impact of SOAR on the workplace.
  • [17:15] - Jackie talks about potential cautions and caveats of using SOAR.
  • [24:18] - Lighting round with Jacqueline Stavros.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Jackie!

Dec 21, 2017

Reb Rebele is the Research Director for Wharton People Analytics, and teaches in the Masters in Applied Positive Psychology Programme at the University of Pennsylvania. Reb's research, writing and consulting projects bring behavioral science and research into the world of work, to drive better employee experiences and organizational outcomes.

Today we're talking to Reb about why being a 'giver' at work can backfire and cause you to hurt the very people you want to help and burn yourself out in the process.  Discover what drives giving behaviors at work, the practical steps you can take to be a self-protective giver and what leaders can do to create their dream team of reciprocity approaches.

Connect with Reb Rebele:

Website: www.rebrebele.com

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You’ll Learn:

  • [01:44] - Reb explains how helpfulness creates value in the workplace.
  • [03:21] -  Reb talks about how giving too much can be draining and counter-productive.
  • [08:05] - Reb discusses the generosity spectrum that he calls 'reciprocity style' - that includes takers, matchers & givers.
  • [11:37] - Reb explores how personality styles, beliefs and mindsets might drive these behaviors.
  • [14:15] - Reb shares the habits of highly effective giving, including how you can perform small five minute favors.
  • [19:31] - Reb talks about how leaders can build dream teams of reciprocity styles.
  • [23:48] - Lightning round with Reb Rebele

Your Resources:

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Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.

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You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Reb!

Dec 14, 2017

Amy Wrzesniewski is a Professor of organizational behavior at the Yale School of Management. For almost two decades, her research has focused on how people make meaning of their work in challenging work contexts or conditions Her findings have been published in a wide range of top academic journals, and highlighted in several best-selling books and popular press outlets, including Forbes, Time, Business Week, Harvard Business Review, U.S. News and World Report, The Economist, as well as bestselling books such as Drive by Daniel Pink, The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman, and The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler.

Do you wish you had more meaning in your work?  Amy explains how you can craft your job, whatever your role and status, to find more meaning in what you do each day at work.  She also shares practical tips for leaders to create an environment that encourages job crafting among employees to help them feel more proactive, engaged and productive at work.

Connect with Amy Wrzensieski:

Website: www.jobcrafting.org

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You’ll Learn:

  • [02:10] - Amy defines job crafting.
  • [04:02] - Amy explains the value of meaning in our work, including how it affects our job choices, longevity of a particular role, and peoples perception of their careers.
  • [07:32] - Amy gives examples of how leaders can support job crafting for employees.
  • [09:46] - Amy suggests ways people can create more meaning in their own work.
  • [12:58] - Amy discusses the latest findings and developments in job crafting.

Your Resources:

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Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.

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You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Amy!

Dec 7, 2017

Christopher Kukk is a Professor of Political Science and Social Science at Western Connecticut State University, the Founding Director for the Centre for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation, the author of the Compassionate Achiever, and the co-host of the Compassionate Achiever Podcast. Chris’ research and publications combine neuroscience with the social sciences and focus on education issues, the political economy of natural resources, and the creation and sustainability of civil society. Chris was also a counterintelligence agent for the United States Army, and is regularly featured in the media for his analysis on a wide range of topics and issues.

Today Chris explains the neurological differences between empathy and compassion and why compassion may be the key to success in workplaces. He also shares his simple four step approach to creating more compassion and ways this can be practically be applied in workplaces.

Connect with Chris Kukk:

Website: http://chriskukk.com/

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:16] - Chris explains the difference between empathy and compassion
  • [05:51] - Chris discusses the complications of empathy and why it can lead to burn out.
  • [07:09] - Chris talks about how compassion leads to success personally and professionally.
  • [11:10] - Chris gives an example to show how kindness is a precursor to compassion and how this can help us to be more effective givers.
  • [12:42] - Chris lists the 4 steps for cultivating compassion (LUCA) - 'listen to learn', 'understanding to know', 'connect to capabilities' and 'act to solve'.
  • [19:19] - Chris explains how to teach these skills in workplaces.
  • [25:10] - Lightning round with Chris Kukk

Your Resources:

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Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Chris!

Nov 30, 2017

Jennifer Moss is a researcher, Co-founder of Plasticity Labs, and a member of the Workplace Happiness Group at the United Nations Global Happiness Council. She is considered to be a Workplace Culture Expert and Thought Leader on the topic of happiness and emotional intelligence, and is author of the bestselling book Unlocking Happiness at Work.

In this conversation, Jen guides us through the seven traits that enable happy and high performing employees and offers simple happiness hacks any workplace can use to help improve people's wellbeing.  She also cautions us about the happiness inhibitors that can bring us unstuck and why being happy at work doesn't mean avoiding stress or sadness.

Connect with Jennifer Moss:

Website: https://plasticitylabs.com/

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:38] - Jen discusses the traits needed for people to be happy and effective at work.
  • [07:27] - Jen talks about how paying attention to the little things can have a big impact on productivity.
  • [10:27] - Jen explains how you can utilize technology to better engage with staff, and learn what's happening in the workplace.
  • [12:12] - Jen talks about the three R's of building habits and why habits don't get created in 21 days.
  • [14:45] - Jen gives examples of how to create habits that help improve wellbeing.
  • [19.21] - Jen explains how to make changes at work a more positive experience.
  • [21:44] - The lightning round with Jennifer Moss

Your Resources:

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Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Jen!

Nov 23, 2017

Gabrielle Kelly is the SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre's inaugural director. Gabe is a filmmaker, digital media executive, social entrepreneur and strategist, who has worked on human behaviour and systems change in a range of settings, including the groundbreaking Adelaide Thinkers in Residence Programme, where she commissioned and led the residency of professor Martin Seligman in South Australia in an effort to build mental wellbeing and resilience and reduce mental illness at a societal level. 

In this conversation, Gabe takes us inside the amazing work being done across the state of South Australia to help an entire population flourish.  She explains the PERMA PLUS dashboard and measure they have created to build a common language for resilience and wellbeing and walks us through the LIMBE approach they have created for embedding systems change.

 

Connect with Gabrielle Kelly:

Website: http://www.wellbeingandresilience.com/

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:55] - Gabe shares how she convinced an entire State to invest in improving the wellbeing and resilience of its population.
  • [05:10] - Gabe walks us through how she's learned to deal with the cynics of positive psychology and wellbeing approaches.
  • [08:18] - Gabe explains the PERMA PLUS model the State has adopted to education and measure wellbeing and resilience.
  • [13:58] - Gabe shares the LIMBE approach they have created to help implement systems change.
  • [20:44] - Gabe provides a real life example of using positive psychology and resilience training to deliver wellbeing, resilience and bottom line results to help closing car manufacturers.
  • [28:11] - The Lightning Round with Gabrielle Kelly

 

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Nov 16, 2017

Fred Bryant is Professor of Social Psychology at Loyola University in Chicago, where he teaches on Social Psychology, Personality Statistics, and Research Methods. Fred has won numerous teaching awards.  He has produced more than 200 professional publications in Psychology, has presented over 150 papers at professional conferences around the world, and given numerous invited addresses and workshops at many prominent universities.  Fred is best known for his work on savoring, on which he has conducted cross-cultural investigations in a variety of Eastern and Western cultures. 

In this discussion, you will hear Fred talk about the practice of savoring and the impact it has on your wellbeing.  Fred summarizes the research on savoring, the process by which savoring works, practical ways we can introduce more savoring into workplaces and cautions for where savoring may go wrong. He also explains why women are generally better at savoring than men!

Connect with Fred Bryant:

Website: bryant.socialpsychology.org

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:00] - Fred’s research shows that we don’t always make the most out of the positive experiences. He explains why this is the case. 
  • [03:34] - Fred shares what his studies show about the impact of savoring on our wellbeing.
  • [06:29] - Fred describes the benefits of savoring in the workplace.
  • [09:32] - Fred explains that if happiness and joy are outcomes, then savoring is the process through which they are achieved, and exactly how this process works.
  • [10:42] - Fred shares what it might look like if we apply this model of savoring to our everyday lives.
  • [12:23] - Savoring doesn’t need to just be about the present. Fred explains how time impacts our ability to savor through reminiscence.
  • [15:33] - Fred talks about the difference between savoring in the moment and mindfulness.
  • [18:09] - Fred shares what his research has shown about gender differences in savoring.
  • [20:46] - Celebrating success is a double-edged sword. Fred cautions avoiding excessive celebration.
  • [22:09] - The Lightning Round with Fred Bryant. 

Your Resources:

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Until next time, take care!  Thank you Fred.

 

Nov 9, 2017

Jessica Amortegui is the Senior Director of Learning and Development at Logitech. Logitech were the winners of the 2016 Positive Business Project Competition, presented by the Center for Positive Organizations at The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Logitech designs personal peripherals, and they connect customers to their digital experiences. They are recognized for their work in creating community, where it’s employees are invigorated by the work that they do each day. Jessica has spent many years studying, writing about, and applying the practices of positive psychology and positive organizational scholarship.

In this conversation, you will hear Jessica share how Logitech is helping its employees use their strengths intelligently at work. She talks about the changes the company has seen from individuals completing the VIA Survey, using job crafting and participating in the free online strengths challenge and explains how Logitech is taking the next step of helping people discover the fears that get in the way of them using their strengths effectively at work.

Connect with Jessica Amortegui:

Website - JessicaAmortegui.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:30] - Jessica tells us what Logitech is doing to helping people put their strengths to work each day.
  • [06:02] - Recently, hundreds of Logitech employees joined us for the free online strengths challenge. Jessica talks about the change that has been seen from individuals picking one strength to work on.
  • [07:46] - Jessica talks about how Logitech is taking things one step further with strengths by looking at the fears that get in the way of using our strengths intelligently.
  • [10:44] - Jessica provides some examples of things that are holding people back from being able to embrace their strengths at work.
  • [15:05] - Jessica shares information on creating a safe environment for people to have more authentic conversatioins about their strengths.
  • [17:40] - Getting leaders prepared to support people after the workshops is vital. Jessica explains how she is doing this.
  • [19:18] - The Lightning Round with Jessica Amortegui

Your Resources:

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Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Jessica!

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