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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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Jun 29, 2018

Susan David is an award willing psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, co-founder, and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, and CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, a boutique business consultancy. She’s the author of the number one Wall Street Journal best selling book “Emotional Agility,” based on her concept that Harvard Business Review heralded as a management idea of the year, and has been featured in numerous leading publications including The New York Times, Washington Post and Time Magazine, and has worked with the senior leadership of hundreds of major organisations including the United Nations, Ernst & Young, and the World Economic Forum.

In today’s episode, we’ll discuss why emotions are not simply positive or negative, and how we can navigate the way we feel in more agile and effective ways at work.

Connect with Susan:

Website: http://www.susandavid.com/

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:20] - Susan explains why thinking of emotion as positive or negative can undermine people’s ability to thrive.
  • [07:25] - Susan suggests that thinking of emotions as data, rather than as good or bad, can help people develop emotional agility.
  • [14:40] - Susan shares her recommendations for ensuring people own their emotions, rather than letting their emotions call the shots.
  • [19:16] - Susan provides tips for how teams can practice emotional agility.
  • [20:43] - Susan shares how the skills of emotional agility can build psychological safety in teams.
  • [22:39] -  Susan explains how self-compassion can make it easier to be emotionally agile.
  • [26:09] - Susan shares how tiny tweaks and the willingness to keep pushing beyond our comfort zones can enable emotional agility.
  • [24:29] - Susan 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 Susan!

Jun 29, 2018

Susan David is an award willing psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, co-founder, and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, and CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, a boutique business consultancy. She’s the author of the number one Wall Street Journal best selling book “Emotional Agility,” based on her concept that Harvard Business Review heralded as a management idea of the year, and has been featured in numerous leading publications including The New York Times, Washington Post and Time Magazine, and has worked with the senior leadership of hundreds of major organisations including the United Nations, Ernst & Young, and the World Economic Forum.

In today’s episode, we’ll discuss why emotions are not simply positive or negative, and how we can navigate the way we feel in more agile and effective ways at work.

Connect with Susan:

Website: http://www.susandavid.com/

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:20] - Susan explains why thinking of emotion as positive or negative can undermine people’s ability to thrive.
  • [07:25] - Susan suggests that thinking of emotions as data, rather than as good or bad, can help people develop emotional agility.
  • [14:40] - Susan shares her recommendations for ensuring people own their emotions, rather than letting their emotions call the shots.
  • [19:16] - Susan provides tips for how teams can practice emotional agility.
  • [20:43] - Susan shares how the skills of emotional agility can build psychological safety in teams.
  • [22:39] -  Susan explains how self-compassion can make it easier to be emotionally agile.
  • [26:09] - Susan shares how tiny tweaks and the willingness to keep pushing beyond our comfort zones can enable emotional agility.
  • [24:29] - Susan 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 Susan!

Jun 23, 2018

Dr. Adam Fraser is a human performance researcher and consultant who studies how organizations adopt a high-performance culture to thrive in the challenging and evolving business landscape. Adam has worked with elite-level athletes, the armed forces, and business professionals of all levels, and in the last five years, he has delivered more than 600 presentations to over 50,000 people in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.

In today’s episode, we’ll be discussing how struggle functions as a stimulus for change in workplaces.

Connect with Adam:

Website: dradamfraser.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:09] - Adam shares how he’s been helping leaders at Queensland Urban Utilities evolve their mindsets and behaviors to better support their people.
  • [04:21] - Adam explains how he creates safe spaces for them to learn to lead with vulnerability.
  • [06:15] - Adam shares what his research has found about helping HR teams to thrive.
  • [08:11] - Adam expands on what his research has found about the importance of having challenging opportunities at work.
  • [14:31] - Adam explains how diversity helps to create positive disruptions in workplaces.
  • [16:44] - Adam shares how the creation of third spaces can help people to thrive.
  • [23:07] - Adam shares his tip for the hottest workplace wellbeing over the next 12 months.
  • [24:29] - Adam 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 Adam!

Jun 15, 2018

Michelle is a senior fellow at the University of Melbourne and holds a Masters in Positive Psychology and a provisional Ph.D. on how AI summits create positive disruptions that enable systems to flourish. She’s the author of several books, and her newest book, “Your Change Blueprint” with Professor David Cooperrider is about to be released. Michelle also works with organizations around the world on finding ways to help people flourish.

In today’s anniversary episode, we’ll discuss Michelle’s hot of the PhD presses research findings on how AI Summits can be used to create positive disruptions that enable people and systems to flourish.

Connect with Emily:

Website: https://www.michellemcquaid.com/

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You’ll Learn:

  • [01:50] - Michelle explains how Appreciative Inquiry helps people and systems to create positive changes.
  • [03:46] - Michelle outlines how an AI Summit differs from other appreciative inquiry applications.
  • [07:03] - Michelle shares what she has observed about AI Summits around the world and their ability to help people and systems to flourish.
  • [10:26] - Michelle explains how self-determination theory shapes successful AI Summits.
  • [12:43] - Michelle explains why creating opportunities for generative connections shapes the success of an AI Summit.
  • [15:25] - Michelle shares why her research found an AI Summit needs a 6d – not a 4d – cycle to make it work.
  • [18:22] - Michelle introduces the 12 magic mechanisms that explain how to use an AI Summit to create a positive disruption.
  • [21:49] - Michelle shares her tips for when an AI Summit might most benefit your system.
  • [24:19] - Michelle 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 Michelle!

Jun 8, 2018

Emily Larson serves as the director of the International Positive Education Network and is an assistant instructor in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania. Emily has worked on various positive education projects in Nepal, India, the Philippines, the UK and the USA. She holds numerous board positions and is a published author.

In today’s episode, we’ll be discussing how schools are applying positive psychology to help improve wellbeing across the school environment and what other organizations can learn from their efforts about creating systemic change.

Connect with Emily:

Website: ipen-festival.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:58] - Emily explains what schools are learning about applying positive psychology findings to improve people’s wellbeing.
  • [03:05] - Emily shares why a systemic approach to improving people’s wellbeing can be so important.
  • [05:10] - Emily provides a case study of how a school is implementing a systemic approach to the wellbeing of teachers, students, and their community.
  • [10:13] - Emily shares how change champions within a system can help to embed wellbeing practices.
  • [12:09] - Emily explains the power of a common framework and common language when it comes to systemically improving wellbeing.
  • [14:05] - Emily explains some of the struggles whole system change approaches have encountered when it comes to improving people’s wellbeing.
  • [17:03] - Emily explains how positive education practitioners from around the world are coming together to share their learnings and work more closely together.
  • [23:10] - Emily 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 Emily!

Jun 1, 2018

Amy Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School. She’s an expert on leadership, teams and organizational learning, whose research on psychological safety in workplaces has been discussed in the New York Times, the Financial Times, Forbes and many other media outlets around the world and is the author of several books, including her most recent, Extreme Teaming: Lessons in Complex, Cross-Sector Teaming.

In today’s episode, we discuss why Google have found that psychological safety is the common factor in all of their highest performing teams, and what you can do in your workplaces to improve psychological safety for others.

Connect with Amy:

Website:  Amy Edmonson HBS Faculty Profile

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You’ll Learn:

  • [02:03] - Amy explains why more and more workplaces are talking about the need for psychological safety.
  • [04:43] - Amy offers practical tips for leaders to improve the levels of psychological safety in their teams.
  • [06:38] - Amy explains how leaders can practice inclusive leadership to improve psychological safety.
  • [08:45] - Amy shares why courageous conversations can be problematic in workplaces.
  • [11:15] - Amy explores the intersection between psychological safety and growth mindsets.
  • [12:39] - Amy shares her tips for creating psychology safety in more temporary teams.
  • [14:10] - Amy talks about ways of assessing psychological safety in teams.
  • [16:44] - Amy explains how to help teams get over the politeness hump when it comes to improving psychological safety.
  • [19:49] - Amy outlines some of the biggest challenges leaders face when it comes to improving psychological safety at the moment in workplaces.
  • [21:18] - Amy shares why a coaching mindset can help improve psychological safety in teams.
  • [22:17] - Amy 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 Amy!

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