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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 31, 2018

Today we’re talking to Darren Coppin, who is a Ph.D. researcher and businessman, who implements positive psychology methods, not because of any deep-seated faith in the movement’s principles, but because it works. Darren’s mother is an outrageous hippy who is at one with the universe, so Darren over-zealously tries to ensure that everything he says and does is evidence-based. In that vein, since 2014, over 105000 people have been through his government-funded model to increase the return to work rates for welfare recipients, and these tools are now being adopted by higher education and apprenticeship institutions around the world.

In this episode, we discuss how to optimize people’s motivation and resilience for work.

Connect with Darren:

Website:  Darren Coppin on LinkedIn

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:01] - Darren explains how the motivation for behavior change is often misunderstood in workplaces.
  • [03:26] - Darren shares how he’s applied the principles of behavior change to help long-term unemployed people find work.
  • [06:23] - Darren outlines how he’s applied the principles for motivation to help secure funding for his program from key stakeholders.
  • [08:45] - Darren shares what his research has found about the most effective positive psychology practices for improving resilience and accomplishment for job seekers.
  • [10:49] - Darren explains why fusing resilience interventions and coaching can be a powerful way to create behavior change.
  • [14:43] - Darren explains how workplaces can provide the right type of support at the right time to improve people’s resilience.
  • [16:12] - Darren explains how workplaces can better support people’s levels of resilience.
  • [20:28] - Darren shares the impact teaching resilience skills to long-term unemployed job seekers has been having.
  • [21:23] - Darren 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 Darren!

Aug 24, 2018

Today we’re talking to James and Janice Prochaska. Jim is the Director of the Cancer Prevention Research Center and Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Rhode Island and is internationally recognized for his work as a developer of the stage model of behavior change for which he has won numerous awards, including being one of the Top Five Most Cited Authors in Psychology from the American Psychology Society. He is the author of over 400 publications, including four books of which the latest is Changing to Thrive which he co-authored with his wife Janice, who is one of the most published authors in the field of social work having applied the model of behavior change to cutting-edge issues.

In this episode, we discuss the stages of change most people move through and how understanding this process can help to improve people’s wellbeing and enable leader’s to embed positive changes in workplaces.

Connect with James & Janice:

Website: jprochaska.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:13] - Jim outlines the stages that his research has found people move through when they are creating changes.
  • [06:41] - Jim explains some of the new breakthroughs his research has found recently about how changes can be made to enhance people’s wellbeing.
  • [08:23] - Jim shares why it’s important to meet people where they are when it comes to creating change in order to move them into action.
  • [11:21] - Jan shares her tips for helping people to take effective actions to create the changes they want.
  • [13:15] - Jim shares his tips for how we can maintain our motivation for the changes we’ve started making.
  • [18:43] - Jim explains what happens when our desired change behaviors become unstuck.
  • [20:00] - Jim explains how the stages of change can overlap.
  • [21:58] - Jim outlines how leaders can use the stages of change to help people thrive at work.
  • [24:42] - Jim 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 Jim & Jan!

Aug 17, 2018

Today we’re talking to Dr. Acacia Parks, who is the chief scientist at Happify, an online platform that turns the science of happiness into activities and games to create lasting changes and whose research focuses on self help methods for increasing happiness via books and digital technology with an emphasis on objective, observable outcomes such as physical health indicators. Acacia regularly publishes articles in scientific journals, has edited three books, and is also the associate editor at The Journal of Positive Psychology.

In this episode, we explore how positive psychology and wellbeing interventions can be delivered in workplaces through technology platforms like Happify to create behavior changes that stick.

Connect with Acacia:

Website: happify.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:05] - Acacia explains how positive psychology interventions can be delivered through technology platforms to create behavior change that sticks
  • [03:19] - Acacia outlines how the Happify technology platform works
  • [04:40] - Acacia shares the STAGE framework Happify uses to classify different types of wellbeing interventions for users
  • [07:16] - Acacia weighs up the pros and cons of using technology to improve people’s wellbeing
  • [09:31] - Acacia explains some behavior changes are better suited for technology platforms than others
  • [11:32] - Acacia explores the potential of wearable devices to improve our wellbeing
  • [13:23] - Acacia provides an example of how workplaces are using wellbeing technology platforms like Happify to improve their employees’ wellbeing
  • [14:40] - Acacia explains how artificial intelligence may shape wellbeing interventions in the future
  • [17:48] - Acacia shares the impact Happify is having on people’s wellbeing
  • [22:54] - Acacia 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 Acacia!

Aug 10, 2018

Today we’re talking to Alex Linley and Trudy Bailey from Capp, whose vision is to match the world to their perfect job. Alex is one of the early leaders in positive psychology and its applications, particularly around strengths, and he’s the author of From Average to A+. Trudy’s been responsible for the relaunch of Capp’s Strength Profile tool and ensuring that practitioners have access to the tools to build a strengths-based culture that’s sustaining.

In this episode, we discuss the business case for understanding how the use, energy, and performance of our strengths can improve our performance, wellbeing and business outcomes.

Connect with Alex & Trudy:

Website: 

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:22 - Alex summarizes his three most important findings on developing people’s strengths at work.
  • [04:25] - Trudy shares new research on how using our strengths can help us to achieve our goals.
  • [05:48] - Trudy explains how the Strengths Profile tool works to help people develop their strengths.
  • [07:32] - Alex explains how understanding the use, energy, and performance impact of our strengths is so important for their development.
  • [10:05] - Trudy offers some practical tips on how to make the most of people’s strengths at work.
  • [12:47] - Alex outlines how a strengths approach can be used to help match people to their perfect jobs and the business benefits it can bring.
  • [17:10] - Trudy provides some practical approaches for leaders to develop their people’s strengths as they go about their jobs.
  • [19:04] - Alex shares his three alarm bells when it comes to workplaces wanting to take a strengths approach.
  • [21:52] - Alex shares his thoughts on the single biggest challenge for organizations to remain strengths focused.
  • [23:44] - Alex & Trudy 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 Alex & Trudy!

Aug 2, 2018

Pernille is an experienced Business Consultant, Trusted Advisor, Facilitator, Board Member, Author and Speaker with a specialty within the Future of Leadership & Work, Change Management & Strategy Execution, Organizational Culture and Development. Passionate about developing Organizations, Leaders, and Leadership Teams from a Strengths-Based Perspective, focusing on their Core Ideology and how to add value to the world.

In today’s episode, we cover the strengths-based approach to leadership and team development, and how focusing on these strengths has greater effectiveness than trying to improve peoples weaknesses.

Connect with Pernille:

Website: https://hippebrun.com/

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:51] - Pernille gives the business case for a strengths-focused approach.
  • [06:05] - Pernille explains how the acronym IDEAL PIT helps to remember the philosophy behind a strengths-based approach.
  • [10:47] - Pernille explains how to run strengths-based meetings at work.
  • [12:46] - Pernille covers using a strengths-focused approach for conflict resolution
  • [14:46] - Pernille talks about giving strength-based feedback.
  • [18:46] - Pernille 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 Pernille!

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