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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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Aug 25, 2017

Dr. Ryan Niemiec is a leading figure in the education, research, and practice of character strengths that are found in all human beings. He is Education Director of the VIA Institute on Character, a global, nonprofit organization.  He is an award-winning psychologist and adjunct professor at Xavier University, an annual instructor at The University of Pennsylvania.  He is a frequent speaker and workshop leader on positive psychology topics around the world. His latest book is Character Strengths Interventions: A Field Guide for Practitioners.

In this conversation, you will hear Ryan talk about how your character strengths are the fuel that makes our other strengths rise. Ryan talks about ways to identify and develop your strengths at work each day and the behavioral traps that can bring your strengths unstuck.

Connect with Ryan:

Websites:  http://www.ryanniemiec.com and http://viacharacter.org

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:12] - Ryan starts the conversation by explaining what a strength is.
  • [03:36] - Over 5 million people have measured their strengths by using the wonderful VIA Character Survey.
  • [04:24] - Ryan talks about The Power Zone of Strengths.
  • [07:35] - Ryan explains what he has found around subsets of our character strengths.  
  • [10:39] - Ryan discusses the idea of taking middle strengths and moving them up.  
  • [14:38] - Ryan selects three of his favorite strengths and interventions from his latest book.  He talks about subtract signature strength, appreciation, and alignment.
  • [21:00] - In his book, Ryan shares behavioral traps around developing our strengths.  He shares some words of caution. He talks about trying to immediately apply a concept and the need to be flexible in this work.
  • [23:35] - The Lightning Round with Ryan Niemiec.

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! Thanks for joining us today Ryan!

Aug 18, 2017

Elise Morris is a positive psychology practitioner, and Director of People and Culture at Swisse Wellness, who were recently recognized by the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business as a global example of excellence for their work in whole person wellness.  Elise believes wholeheartedly that other people matter, and when we live and lead from this perspective, we can unlock ours and others ability to thrive and flourish.  . 

Would you like to implement a comprehensive wellbeing program to take people from functioning to flourishing in your organization?  Elise explains the programs and initiatives Swisse Wellness are implementing as part of their whole person wellness program. These come under three pillars – movement, nutrition and mindfulness.  Hear about the successes, and her hopes for further integrating the program within the organization.

Connect with Elise Morris: 

Website - StillNorth.com.au

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:08] - Elise shares why Swiss Wellness won an award at the 2017 Positive Business Project Conference.
  • [04:40] - Elise explains the growing business case to improve wellbeing at work.
  • [06:56] - Elise talks about getting past our own biases and understanding where someone else is coming from.
  • [08:23] - Elise shares the tools and practices in their program.
  • [10:20] - Elise explains how they are considering how to take a more systems perspective.
  • [13:04] - Elise discusses performance and contribution.
  • [14:17] - Elise shares how they measure the impact of their program.
  • [15:49] - Elise talks about gender and buy-in with the practices.
  • [17:31] - Elise shares a challenge they have faced with rolling out this program.
  • [19:18] - Elise provides advice to others who are thinking about rolling out a similar program.
  • [20:23] - Elise talks about scaling this program for working across multiple markets.
  • [22:55] - The Lightning Round with Elise Morris

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!

Aug 11, 2017

Amy Blankson is one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between positive psychology and technology. Amy is the only person to be named “a point of light” by two Presidents for creating a movement to activate positive culture change. She has worked with government agencies and large companies to help foster a sense of well-being in the digital era.  

In this conversation, you will hear Amy talk about how technology is  positively and negatively impacting our wellbeing at work. Amy explains how our obsession with smart phones is wearing us out, how to be intelligent and deliberate in the way we use devices and the wearable technology that can actually help to improve our wellbeing.   

Connect with Amy Blankson: 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [02:01] - Amy explains why she believes that technology is the biggest disruptor of happiness in human history. 
  • [04:13] - Amy shares her thoughts where technology is taking us when considering the way we work and our wellbeing.   
  • [06:49] - Amy encourages us to consider our intentions when it comes to technology.   
  • [09:30] - Amy talks about an experiment she is currently working on, which involves the frequency of checking an email inbox.  
  • [11:39] - Amy shares some advice on how to set other people’s expectations based on our intentions.  
  • [14:04] - Amy provides us with some statistics on our technology use and its impact on our productivity.  
  • [16:30] - Amy talks about how this conversation may change the expectations managers put on employees. 
  • [19:15] - Amy explains what digital citizenship means and the practices we need to use to role model good behavior.  
  • [21:16] - Amy talks about her current favorite wearable, The Muse Headband. 
  • [23:03] - The Lightning Round with Amy Blankson 

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!  

Aug 4, 2017

Jon Berghoff is a co-founder and managing partner of The Flourishing Leadership Institute. He has designed and facilitated whole system change efforts through large group collaborative summits for businesses and institutions of all sizes.  His work on appreciative leadership, emotionally intelligent negotiating, and influence has taken him to Australia, Japan, the UK, and Australia. Jon is the official design and facilitation partner for the 4th Global Forum for Business as an Agent of Well Benefit.

In this conversation, you will hear Jon share his knowledge and experience in appreciative inquiry.  He discusses the idea of an appreciative inquiry summit and provides some example of productive summits.  Jon explains how to bring appreciative inquiry into our daily lives and small groups, as well as larger groups and organizations.  Jon shares how micro moments can influence macro movements.

Connect with Jon Berghoff:

Website - http://lead2flourish.com
Jon Berghoff Ted Talk

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:54] - Jon shares what he has discovered unleashes our ability to come alive, be at our best, play to our strengths, innovate from everywhere, and deepen our sense of purpose.
  • [02:42] - Jon describes what an appreciative inquiry summit is.
  • [03:42] - Jon shares his definition of appreciative inquiry.
  • [04:53] - Jon provides an example of an appreciative inquiry summit.
  • [09:50] - Jon talks about his work with the city of Cleveland.  
  • [12:58] - Jon shares his thoughts on when an appreciative inquiry summit is an appropriate tool.
  • [19:43] - Jon explains why he views appreciative inquiry as a tool.
  • [25:19] - The Lightning Round with Jon Berghoff.

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.

Special thanks to Jon for joining us this week. Until next time, take care!

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