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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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Jul 27, 2018

Rasmus Hougaard is the founder and managing director of Potential Project, a global leadership training, organizational development and research firm, who help leaders and organization to enhance performance, innovation, and resilience through mindfulness and other practices grounded in neuroscience and research. Rasmus writes for the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Business Insider, and has led more than 1500 keynotes and workshops around the world. His most recent book, The Mind of the Leader, is based on research with more than 35,000 leaders and executives and provides a pathway to great leadership in the 21st century.

In today’s episode, Rasmus explains why 21st century leaders need to cultivate the qualities of mindfulness, selflessness and compassion for themselves, their teams and their organizations and how this can be practically achieved.

Connect with Rasmus:

Website: www.potentialproject.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:11] - Rasmus explains why 86% of leaders rate themselves as inspiring and good role models, but 82% of employees see their leaders as fundamentally uninspiring.
  • [03:28] - Rasmus explains how leaders can better understand themselves and their impact on others.
  • [04:56] - Rasmus shares the mental qualities needed for leaders to be effective in the 21t century based on his research.
  • [05:53] - Rasmus explains why the state of flow can impede our ability to be more mindful at work.
  • [07:38] - Rasmus shares how our daily focus pattern can help us to be more mindful at work.
  • [09:33] - Rasmus explains what leaders can do practically to improve their levels of selflessness and confidence.
  • [11:44] - Rasmus shares his suggestions for finding the balance between self-confidence and selflessness at work.
  • [13:57] - Rasmus explains why more leaders are rating compassion important or extremely important for effective leadership.
  • [17:04] - Rasmus explains how teaching leaders compassion can improve kindness and psychological safety in workplaces.
  • [22:43] - Rasmus shares some of his favorite ways to help leaders be more mindful, selfless and compassionate.
  • [17:23] - Rasmus completes the lightning round.

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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!  Thank you Rasmus!

Jul 20, 2018

Dr. Jason Fox is a motivational speaker, best selling author, leadership advisor and wizard rogue of ace repute. Often sought for his fresh perspectives, contemporary philosophies, and deep expertise in motivation design, Jason shows forward-thinking leaders around the world how to unlock new progress and pry deeper into uncharted territory. His clients include Fortune 500 companies around the world, and he’s also the best selling author of “The Game Changer” and “How to Lead a Quest: A Handbook for Pioneering Leaders”. His research has been featured in the likes of Smart Company, Huffington Post, BRW, and the Financial Review.

In today’s episode, we discuss how leaders can challenge the mindsets that keep them stuck in conventional thinking, by embracing the principals of motivational design and framing change opportunities as quests.

Connect with Jason:

Website: www.drjasonfox.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:14] - Jason explains how game design can be used to motivate behavior change in workplaces.
  • [04:13] - Jason explains where gamification often goes wrong when it comes to creating meaningful behavior change.
  • [05:02] - Jason shares how a quest – rather than a game – can help leaders bring out the best in themselves and others.
  • [08:30] - Jason explains some of the thinking patterns in workplaces that can limit our ability to create change.
  • [13:18] - Jason shares how he runs leadership programs to help leaders challenge their traditional ideas about what being a successful leader looks like.
  • [15:43] - Jason shares how he helps leaders to maintain momentum for behavior change following workshops and training programs.
  • [17:23] - Jason 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 Jason!

Jul 13, 2018

Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts is a teaching professor of management at Georgetown University, whose research examines how leaders cultivate positive identities in diverse work organization. Laura’s publications ‘How to Apply Your Strengths’ and ‘Creating A Positive Professional Image’ are among the most popular articles from Harvard Business Publishing and have been featured in several media outlets. She’s the editor of numerous books including Exploring Positive Identities in Organizations with Jane Dutton and is a co-founder of RPAQ Solutions, a research and consulting firm that brings strength-based practices to leaders who seek extraordinary performance and personal fulfillment.

In today’s episode, we discuss creating a positive work identity, and the effect it has on our personal brand, our sense of meaning and our relationships at work.

Connect with Laura:

Website: lauramorganroberts.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:43] - Laura explains what it means to have a positive work-related identity
  • [09:32] - Laura introduces the GIVE model to help us build more positive identities at work.
  • [15:36] - Laura explains how cultivating a positive identity can shape your personal brand.
  • [19:23] - Laura shares how psychological safety can impact people’s ability to build a positive work-related identity.
  • [24:23] - Laura 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 Laura!

Jul 6, 2018

Leah Weiss is a researcher, lecturer, consultant, and author who teaches compassionate leadership at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she created the perennially waitlisted course, Leading With Mindfulness and Compassion. Leah is a principal teacher, and a founding faculty member of Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Programme conceived by the Dali Llama. Her first book “How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim your Sanity and Embrace the Daily Grind” focuses on developing compassionate and soft skill-based leadership, while also offering research backed actionable steps towards finding purpose at work.

In today’s episode, Leah talks to us about why business leaders are lining up to learning how to be more compassionate in workplaces and how this is helping them to harness the wisdom of their emotions, to fail better in order to learn and to find more purpose in their work.

Connect with Leah:

Website: leahweissphd.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:01] - Leah explains why graduate students are lining up to learn how to be more compassionate leaders in workplaces.
  • [04:17] - Leah explains why practicing compassion at work doesn’t mean we need to be doormats for others to take advantage of.
  • [06:32] - Leah explains the difference between compassion and empathy.
  • [09:44] - Leah provides some practical tips to harness the wisdom of our emotions at work instead of suppressing our feelings.
  • [17:03] - Leah explains how leaders can help their people to fail better at work.
  • [19:56] -  Leah provides her tips on how we can mindlessly going through our work days.
  • [21:32] - Leah 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 Leah!

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