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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 31, 2019

Tom Rath is an author and researcher who has spent the past two decades studying how work can improve human health and wellbeing. His ten books including, "Strengths Finder 2.0", "Wellbeing", and "Eat Move Sleep", have sold more than ten million copies, and made hundreds of appearances on global bestseller lists. During his 13 years at Gallup, Tom was the Program Leader for the development of Clifton Strengths Finder, which has helped over 20 million people to uncover their talents, and went on to lead the organization’s employee engagement, wellbeing, and leadership practices worldwide. He has served for the past five years as a Gallup Senior Scientist. And he's also an advisor, investor, and partner in several start-ups.

In this podcast, we explore how small changes in the way you eat, move and sleep can improve your wellbeing and performance at work.

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You’ll Learn:

  • [04:29] - Tom explains how the small choices around how we eat, move and sleep each day can have a big impact on our wellbeing and performance at work.
  • [08:16] - Tom outlines why tackling the way we eat, move, and sleep simultaneously is a better way to improve our energy levels.
  • [11:38] - Tom offers some small choices that can improve the way we’re eating each day.
  • [15:44] - Tom provides some tips to help leaders improve the way people eat at work together.
  • [18:18] - Tom explains why sitting is our biggest health challenge at work and the easy ways we can get people moving more at work.
  • [21:35] - Tom explains why lack of sleep is the most underestimated threat to our wellbeing and performance at work.
  • [25:17] - Tom 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 of 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 Tom!

Oct 24, 2019

Jane Dutton is a Professor Emerita of Business Administration and Psychology at the University of Michigan. Jane's research focuses on how organizational conditions enable human thriving, and in particular, how the quality of connection between people at work affects individual and organizational flourishing. Her research explores compassion in organizations, resilience in organizations, as well as energy in organizations, and she's published over 100 articles and book chapters, edited 12 books, and written a book for managers called Energise Your Workplace: How To Build And Sustain High-Quality Connections At Work. In 2012, Jane was awarded the Scholarly Contributions in Management Award for the Academy of Management, which is a lifetime achievement award.

In this week’s podcast, we explore the value of creating high-quality connections with people at work and the simple steps you can take to authentically connect with anyone – even your most challenging colleagues.

Connect with Jane Dutton: 

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:23] - Jane defines what creates a high-quality connection for us at work.
  • [04:43] - Jane explains the difference between high-quality connections and Professor Barbara Fredrickson’s micro-moments of connections.
  • [06:37] - Jane outlines the benefits of prioritizing high-quality connections when it comes to our wellbeing and performance at work.
  • [10:11] - Jane shares what her latest research is finding out about the ability of high-quality connections to improve psychological safety in teams.
  • [11:58] - Jane offers some tips on how high-quality connections can help ease the rising rates of loneliness in workplaces.
  • [14:33] - Jane explains how leaders can create cultures that prioritize high-quality connections among their workers.
  • [17:33] - Jane offers some simple suggestions for convincing leaders of the need to prioritize high-quality connections in our workplaces.
  • [21:32] - Jane offers some practical suggestions for us to create more high-quality connections in our relationships at work.
  • [25:11] - Jane shares what her research is finding can help us manage our corrosive connections and more challenging relationships at work.
  • [30:04] - Jane 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 of 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 Jane!

Oct 17, 2019

Dr. Steven Rogelberg is an organizational psychologist who holds the title of Chancellor's Professor at UNC Charlotte for distinguished national, international and interdisciplinary contributions. He's an award-winning teacher and recipient of the very prestigious Humboldt Award for his research with over 100 publications, addressing issues such as team effectiveness, leadership, engagement, health and employee wellbeing, meetings at work and organizational research methods. His latest book, The Surprising Science of Meetings: How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance, was recognized by the Washington Post as the number one leadership book to watch for in 2019 and has been featured in media outlets around the world

In this week’s podcast, we explore the simple steps you can take to run more positive and productive meetings at work.

Connect with Steven Rogelberg: 

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:27] - Steven explains how workplace meetings offer opportunities to improve our individual and collective wellbeing.
  • [03:22] - Steven outlines what his research is finding out about the best meetings in workplaces.
  • [05:13] - Steven outlines why so many workplaces meetings struggle to bring out the best in people.
  • [06:44] - Steven explains how we can design meetings in ways that allow us and others to be more effective givers at work.
  • [08:57] - Steven outlines why planning your meetings to create a little stress can be beneficial for all participants.
  • [10:22] - Steven shares what his research has found about the ideal length of our meetings.
  • [11:31] - Steven offers some practical tips on how many people to invite to a meeting.
  • [14:14] - Steven explains why meetings leaders need to be mindful of the mood of their meetings and how can they shape this practically.
  • [17:44] - Steven explains how silence can be used to improve our meetings.
  • [19:21] - Steven offers some tips for team members to improve meetings.
  • [20:42] - Steven explains how we can make virtual meetings more productive and supportive of our wellbeing.
  • [23:36] - Steven 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 of 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 Steven!

Oct 10, 2019

Alissa Daire Nelson is a certified strength strategy coach who gives people the tools and guidance to put their strengths to work. She's the host of the Maximize Your Strengths podcast, and author of From Frustrated To Frickin' Awesome: 4 Steps to Achieve the Success You're Wired For. Alissa's work has been featured in media outlets all over the world.

In this week’s episode, we explore the practical steps we can take to spot and develop people’s strengths – the things we’re good at and enjoy doing – using tools like Clifton Strengths in workplaces.

Connect with Alissa Nelson: 

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:13] - Alissa explains why people’s strengths can help us quickly strengthen our relationship at work.
  • [04:49] - Alissa explains how tools like Clifton Strengths can give us a language to spot and understand the strengths in each other.
  • [08:04] - Alissa explains how we can use the talents that tools like Clifton Strengths surface for us as we go about our jobs to improve our performance and wellbeing at work.
  • [11:06] - Alissa explains why it's helpful to understand the contributions our strengths can make and the needs we each have to support our strengths at work.
  • [14:11] - Alissa explains how we can become aware and manage the triggers that occur when our strengths are overlooked or undervalued by others we work with.
  • [19:37] - Alissa offers some tips to help us get better at noticing how we can develop our strengths more effectively at work.
  • [22:36] - Alissa offers tips for leaders to help develop their people’s strengths more at work.
  • [26:37] - Alissa 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 of 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 Alissa!

Oct 4, 2019

Wendy Wood is a professor at the University of Southern California and visiting faculty at Insead Business school in France. Wendy has spent the last 30 years studying people's habits and understanding how to change them, and her research has been featured in media publications all over the world and is the focus of her forthcoming book Good Habits, Bad Habits.

In this week’s episode, we explore what the latest research is finding out about how we can create and sustain good habits to support our wellbeing.

Connect with Wendy Wood: 

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:38] - Wendy explains why creating good habits can be challenging for many of us.
  • [04:27] - Wendy shares what her research is finding about how we can develop good habits.
  • [06:22] - Wendy shares why her research has found that it doesn’t take 21 days to build a habit.
  • [08:40] - Wendy explains why thinking about the context for the habits we want to create is so important and offers some tips to make it easier to activate the habits we want to build.
  • [11:24] - Wendy explains the power of repetition when it comes to building the habits we most want.
  • [13:09] - Wendy outlines the role rewards play in creating our habits and what kind of rewards work best.
  • [16:13] - Wendy offers some tips for aligning our goals and our habits to make them easier to sustain.
  • [17:28] - Wendy explains the surprising finding in her research on the impact our habits have on our levels of self-control.
  • [19:47] - Wendy helps us understand how stacking or swapping habits can make it easier to create changes in our behavior.
  • [22:26] - Wendy offers some cautions and caveats for building good habits in ways that are good for you and others.
  • [24:29] - Wendy offers tips for breaking bad habits like constantly checking our mobile phones.
  • [27:20] - Wendy shares why she believes friction is important for our habits.
  • [28:24] - Wendy 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 of 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 Wendy!

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