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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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Sep 29, 2018

Today we’re talking to Robyn Stratton-Berkessel, who’s an adjunct professor in the School of Management at Champlain College, where she teaches online in the positive organizational development MBA programme. She’s the author of Appreciative Inquiry for Collaborative Solutions, hosts the popular Positivity Strategist Podcast, and is an advisor on various appreciative inquiry initiatives, for organizations all over the world.

In this episode, we explore how positivity is improved in workplaces when people are given a voice using participative approaches like Appreciative Inquiry and how leaders can learn to feel confident about these generative approaches.

Connect with Robyn:

Website:  positivitystrategist.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:18] - Robyn explains the characteristics of a positive workplace.
  • [04:45] - Robyn shares how we can help leaders feel more confident about the benefits of giving people a voice when it comes to improving positivity in workplaces.
  • [07:37] - Robyn shares an example of how Appreciative Inquiry can be used to help cynics with diverse views find a meaningful way forward together.
  • [10:56] - Robyn explains how we can craft generative questions that help people to see old things in new ways.
  • [13:50] - Robyn explains why appreciative inquiry is more than simply always talking about the positive.
  • [16:24] - Robyn shares how workplaces can harness the opportunity and power of self-organization as one of the outcomes of an Appreciative Inquiry experience.
  • [18:34] - Robyn offers some caveats and cautions about when an Appreciative Inquiry approach might now work so well.
  • [20:07] - Robyn talks about the importance of not using an Appreciative Inquiry approach to gloss over difficult or painful conversations in workplaces.
  • [23:02] - Robyn 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 Robyn!

Sep 21, 2018

Today we’re talking to Dan Cable, a Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School and whose research and teaching focuses on employee engagement, change, organizational culture, leadership mindset, and the linkage between brands and employee behaviors. An award-winning researcher, Dan has published more than 50 articles in scientific journals, been extensively featured in business publications around the world, and the author of several books, the latest being ‘Alive at Work’. Dan’s clients include Deloitte, McDonald’s, Twitter, and many more.

In this episode, we explore how workplaces can harness people’s neurological seeking system to help them bring their best selves to work each day and why self-expression, serious play and purpose can help us to achieve what we’re truly capable of doing while looking after our wellbeing.

Connect with Dan:

Website:  dan-cable.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:33] - Dan explains why researchers continue to find why many employees still feel like they can’t really be their best selves at work each day, even after almost 20 years of positive psychology research and applications in workplaces.
  • [05:25] - Dan shares why finding ways to harness our brains seeking systems is one of the keys to helping people bring their best selves to work each day.
  • [10:24] - Dan outlines how we can help leaders better understand the impact of fear on people’s behaviors and their ability to bring their best selves to work.
  • [14:44] - Dan explains the importance of encouraging playfulness in workplaces in order to trigger our seeking systems and bring our best selves to work.
  • [17:51] - Dan shares his tips on how to help leaders and teams leverage storytelling to make their work more purposeful.
  • [20:31] - Dan shares his evidence-based interventions for helping people to bring their best selves to work more often.
  • [23:14] - Dan offers some important cautions about helping people to bring their best selves to work in a way that is good for them and good for others.
  • [27:41] - Dan 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 Dan!

Sep 14, 2018

Today we’re talking to Rob Baker, who’s a specialist at bringing positive psychology to workplaces, and strives to be a force for good in the world of work. A graduate of the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology programme at Melbourne University, Rob is the founder and chief positive deviant of a leading evidence-based positive psychology, well-being, and HR consultancy called Tailored Thinking. His ideas and research on how people can personalize work and bring their whole and best selves to the workplace have been presented at academic and professional conferences around the world.

In this episode, we discuss how job crafting and in particular micro-crafting (small changes to what you do each day) can help you to align your work with your strengths, interests and passions to help you balance the demands of your job and feel more engaged, satisfied and effective at work.

Connect with Rob:

Website:  tailoredthinking.co.uk/

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:15] - Rob explains what job crafting is and how it might help us at work
  • [03:30] - Rob explains what researchers are finding out about the potential benefits of job crafting for employees and for workplaces.
  • [05:45] - Rob explains why we need more flexible approaches to job descriptions as many jobs continue to become more complex and unpredictable.
  • [06:38] - Rob shares practical examples of how people can engage in task crafting, relational crafting and purpose crafting at work.
  • [10:35] - Rob offers simple steps for micro crafting your job.
  • [14:15] - Rob explores how on-the-spot job crafting may benefit people as they go about their jobs.
  • [16:09] - Rob explains how leaders can help their people to job craft.
  • [18:11] - Rob offers some cautions on when job crafting is likely to be less effective in workplaces.
  • [21:07] - Rob 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 Rob!

Sep 7, 2018

Today we’re talking to Dr. Fred Luskin, who founded and currently serves as Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects. Fred is also a senior consultant in Health Promotion and Wellness at Stanford University’s health center, where he teaches classes on positive psychology, the art and science of meditation, forgiveness, wellness, flourishing, and the psychology of storytelling to undergraduate and graduate students, and conducts numerous workshops and staff development trainings in relationship enhancement, stress management, and positive psychology through the Stanford Be Well program. He’s the author of several best-selling books, including Forgive For Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness, and has been interviewed by mere outlets around the world.

In this episode, we discuss how forgiveness can help to improve our wellbeing, grit and psychological safety at work.

Connect with Fred:

Website:  https://learningtoforgive.com/

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:02] - Fred explains the value of forgiveness in workplaces.
  • [02:51] - Fred shares how the Stanford Forgiveness Project has helped to improve forgiveness in workplaces.
  • [04:48] - Fred outline why it can be hard to forgive others at work.
  • [06:41] - Fred explains the two practices that work best when it comes to improving our ability to forgive at work.
  • [09:08] - Fred outlines the H.E.A.L method for forgiveness.
  • [12:13] - Fred explains how forgiveness can impact our levels of grit and resilience.
  • [13:08] - Fred shares how forgiveness shapes our relationships at work.
  • [16:20] - Fred explores how important it is for us to be able to forgive ourselves.
  • [17:30] - Fred shares his thoughts on the intersection of forgiveness and psychological safety.
  • [18:20] - Fred explains how we can intelligently forgive at work so we don’t get taken advantage of.
  • [20:12] - Fred shares some of the bottom-line outcomes he has found in workplaces who teach the skills of forgiveness.
  • [21:43] - Fred 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 Fred!

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