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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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Oct 26, 2017

Linda Robson is a scholar practitioner, blending work in executive education with consulting and coaching around the elevation of organizations and the individuals who work within them.  Linda received her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University.  She studied with David Cooperrider and Ron Frey.  She is an advisor at the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value. Linda also helped write The Flourishing Enterprise: The New Spirit of Business

In this conversation, you will hear Linda share her fascinating research on the language used by high performing teams and why the words we speak impact the results we are able to achieve particularly in organizational change programs. Linda also shares while simply being more positive is not enough, why we need to acknowledge the sense of loss that any change in our workplaces can bring and the practical things leaders can do to use language to improve people's wellbeing at work.

 Connect with Linda Robson:

Email - Linda.Robson@Case.edu

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:20] - Linda explains why Professor David Cooperrider believes her research will be so influential in helping organizations navigate change.
  • [04:23] - Linda defines and describes mirror flourishing.
  • [06:55] - Linda shares why language plays such a large role in our interactions with each other and our willingness to embrace and act upon change.
  • [07:48] - Linda talks about what positive and negative language sounds like, in the workplace.
  • [09:07] - Linda explains that the use of positive language is a missed opportunity.
  • [12:18] - Linda shares what we can do to help leaders be more strategic in their language.
  • [14:40] - Linda talks about the idea of some forms of negative language being helpful with change in workplaces.
  • [20:20] - Linda explains what a flourishing enterprise looks like.
  • [22:56] - The Lightning Round with Linda Robson.

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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!

 

Oct 19, 2017

Anna Box is a psychologist, story strategist, and founder of Screen and Soul, where she delivers film and thriving workshops, designed to deliver evidence-based well-being and performance psychology, all while feeling like a day at the movies.  In all she does, Anna mashes the art of story with the science of thriving.   

Connect with Anna Box:

Anna Box on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/annabox/

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:55] - Anna explains how to fuse storytelling and thriving in workplaces.
  • [04:45] - Anna talks about the role of Joseph Campbell’s “Hero's Journey Approach” in storytelling.
  • [06:05] - Anna describes how she’s teaching leaders to improve thriving in workplaces by helping them understand more about the hero’s journey.
  • [10:30] - Anna shares cautions about using film to teach wellbeing and how to protect from those things.
  • [17:02] - Anna shares that the neuroscience of stories work.
  • [18:14] - Anna discusses teaching leaders how to tell stories that might help to improve their people’s wellbeing.
  • [20:12] - The Lightning Round with Anna Box.

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!

Oct 12, 2017

Scott Barry Kaufman is an author, researcher, speaker, and public science communicator. He is interested in using psychological science to help all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. Scott is a professor of positive psychology at The University of Pennsylvania. His research has been featured in The Atlantic, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and the Harvard Business Review, just to name a few of the many publications.  Scott is the host of The Psychology Podcast, which I highly recommend listening to.

In this conversation, you will hear Scott talk about creativity in the workplace. While creativity can be messy, and organizations typically don’t like “mess,” Scott explains how a “no agenda zone”, openness to new experiences, opportunities for awe and other leadership behaviors can improve people's creativity.  We also explore the psychological tools of growth mindsets, git and self-compassion that may be needed to support creative risk taking.  shares some ways we can improve our creativity at work.

Connect with Scott Barry Kaufman:

Website: ScottBarryKaufman.com
Podcast: The Psychology Podcast

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:26] - Creativity is messy and organizations typically don’t like a mess.  Scott explains how they can embrace creativity by embracing uncertainty.
  • [05:10] - Scott discusses the relationship between positive emotion and the creative process.
  • [07:42] - Scott talks about the latest in the neuroscience of creativity.  He talks about the importance of “the imagination network.”
  • [09:14] - Scott shares way researchers are finding can improve our creativity at work.
  • [11:20] - Scott explains how awe can impact our creativity.
  • [13:46] - Scott talks about how unusual environments can foster creativity, and what organizations and leaders can do to create weird experiences.
  • [16:15] - Scott talks about the psychological skills of growth mindsets and self-compassion that enables us to take creative risks.
  • [17:20] - The Lightning Round with Scott Barry Kaufman.

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!

Oct 5, 2017

Dr. Suzy Green is a coaching and clinical psychologist and founder of the Positivity Institute, a positively deviant organization dedicated to the research and application of positive psychology for life, school, and work.  She also holds a number of honorary academic positions at The Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, The Australian Catholic University, The Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne, and The Black Dog Institute. Her work has been published in articles around the world.

In this conversation, you will hear Suzy share the research on why cultivating positive emotions matter when it comes to our performance and wellbeing at work.  Suzy shares the practical things employees, leaders and organizations can do to improve mood in workplaces and how to implement these approaches at a systems level.

 

Connect with Suzy Green:

Website - http://thepositivityinstitute.com.au

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:00] - Suzy and I recently had the opportunity to work together on researching and writing a chapter for the new Handbook of the Psychology of Positivity and Strengths-Based Approaches to Work.  Suzy shares what stood out to her in this research.
  • [04:17] - There has been a lot of debate about measuring positivity ratios as a way to assess our wellbeing. Suzy shares the advice that she gives her clients about that approach.
  • [06:16] - Suzy explains the importance of self-awareness when it comes to managing our moods.  
  • [08:38] - If you are looking to boost your heart-felt positivity, Suzy gives you her go-to activities.
  • [09:56] - Suzy shares some advice if you are in a leadership role and trying to boost positivity within your team.
  • [12:03] - Suzy provides some advice to companies wanting to implement these ideas in authentic ways.
  • [14:50] - Suzy talks about helping organizations go beyond training with these practices.
  • [21:01] - Suzy shares what sees as the most compelling parts of the business case at the moment, based on research.
  • [25:05] - The Lightning Round with Suzy Green

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!

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