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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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Nov 28, 2019

Dr. Wayne Baker is a professor of business administration and professor of management and organizations at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, and faculty director of the Centre for Positive Organizations. The author of the forthcoming book, 'All You Have to Do Is Ask', as well as five other books and many scholarly articles. Wayne's research focuses on social capital, social networks, generosity, and positive organizations. He's also the co-founder and board member of Give and Take, Inc. who are developers of collaboration technologies based on the principles in All You Have to Do Is Ask.

In this week’s podcast, we learn why being able to ask to help is one of the keys to workplace success, and the simple steps you can take to ask in ways that make it easy for people to say yes!

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You’ll Learn:

  • [03:15] - Wayne explains why being a good giver-requester at work shapes our success and wellbeing in workplaces.
  • [04:29] - Wayne outlines how his research on giver-requesters intersects with the research of Professor Adam Grant on being successful self-protective givers.
  • [06:07] - Wayne shares what the research is finding on how gender influences our ability to ask for help at work.
  • [06:57] - Wayne offers insights on how age and power influence our ability to ask for help at work.
  • [08:39] - Wayne outlines how psychological safety in our workplaces influences our ability to ask for help at work and what we can do to improve this
  • [10:34] - Wayne outlines the SMART criteria to make it easier to ask for help at work and for people to say yes.
  • [13:12] - Wayne shares his free assessment tool to measure your ability to ask for help and shares the findings surfacing from this new research.
  • [14:54] - Wayne shares the barriers that make it difficult for most people to ask for help at work and how we can overcome these.
  • [18:01] - Wayne shares why researchers are finding that you should ask people more than once for help.
  • [19:06] - Wayne provides some plug and play routines that workplaces can use to help make asking for help easier.
  • [20:34] - Wayne shares how we can map the energy for asking and giving within our teams to measure what is unfolding.
  • [21:23] - Wayne explains how mini-games can be used to playfully incentivize a group to ask for help to solve a problem together.
  • [23:22] - Wayne offers some tips to help recruit and rewards leaders who are chief help seekers.
  • [24:50] - Wayne offers two cautions about asking for help at work.
  • [26:28] - Wayne 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 Wayne!

Nov 21, 2019

Stephen Carter is the founder of one of Australia's fastest-growing, privately-owned recruitment firms, Sharp and Carter, who have five offices and more than 120 staff around the country.

In this week’s podcast, we explore how putting people first by using positive leadership approaches has helped one workplace grow their revenue by 55% per annum for the last five years.

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You’ll Learn:

  • [02:13] - Carts explains how putting people first has helped his organization grow 55% per annum for the past five years.
  • [04:35] - Carts shares why their leadership team felt confident to put people before profit.
  • [07:03] - Carts outlines how the shift to putting people first was explained to employees and what they did to overcome people’s cynicism about this approach.
  • [09:30] - Carts share the cultural pillars that emerged as a result of putting people first and how these are used to guide people’s day to day behaviors in the business.
  • [13:24] - Carts outlines how positive leadership practices have been scaled and embedded across their organization – even when trust gets broken.
  • [18:15] - Carts explains how they try to support people who are really struggling when it comes to their wellbeing at work.
  • [21:07] - Carts offers some tips for how leaders can look after their own wellbeing as they try to put people first in their organization.
  • [24:31] - Carts 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 Stephen!

Nov 14, 2019

Dr. BJ Fogg teaches good people how behavior works, so they can create products and services that benefit everyday people around the world. A behavioral scientist with deep experience in innovation and teaching, BJ runs a research lab at Stanford University, and trains innovators to use his work, so they can create solutions that influence behavior in health, financial well-being, learning, productivity, and more. He's personally coached over 40,000 people informing new habits using his breakthrough method called Tiny Habits. And, his forthcoming book Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything is scheduled for publication in early 2020.

In this week's episode, we learn the simple recipe for creating tiny habits and how to deal with our motivation monkeys and surface the golden behaviors that improve our wellbeing.

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You’ll Learn:

  • [02:39] - BJ explains why most of us find changing our behaviors challenging because we approach change in the wrong way.
  • [04:16] - BJ outlines the three variables his research has found that can make changing our behavior easier.
  • [08:17] - BJ explains why our motivations for changing our behavior is often unreliable and how we can tame our motivation monkeys.
  • [09:49] - BJ shares some tips on managing motivation conflicts and motivation waves when it comes to changing our behaviors.
  • [13:12] - BJ shares his tips for how we can surface golden behaviors to create more of the changes we’re wanting.
  • [15:43] - BJ helps us understand the important difference between our aspirations, our goals, and our behaviors when it comes to surfacing our golden behaviors.
  • [17:32] - BJ shares the recipe for turning golden behaviors into tiny habits.
  • [20:22] - BJ explains why we need to celebrate the completion of our habits and the role mood plays in helping us to create behavior changes.
  • [25:46] - BJ outlines how an ability chain model can help us troubleshoot our tiny habits when the changes we want to create become stuck.
  • [27:41] - BJ 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 BJ!

Nov 7, 2019

Dr. Timothy R. Clark is the founder and managing partner at LeadFactor and a highly sought after advisor, coach, and facilitator to CEOs and senior leadership teams around the world. He's the author of four books with his newest, The Four Stages of Psychological Safety due out in early 2020, and he's written more than 150 articles on leadership, change, strategy, human capital, culture, and employee engagement.

In this week’s podcast, we explore the four stages of psychological safety and how we can shape our wellbeing and performance at work.

Connect with Dr. Timothy R. Clark: 

http://leaderfactor.com/

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:19] - Tim explains what psychological safety is and why it recently became a hot topic of conversations in many workplaces when it comes to helping people thrive at work.
  • [03:44] - Tim shares some of the research-based findings on the potential benefits for leaders who invest in psychological safety.
  • [07:16] - Tim explains why improving diversity and inclusion successfully depends on also heightening psychological safety.
  • [09:39] - Tim explains what studies are finding out about the link between psychological safety and people’s levels of wellbeing at work.
  • [11:31] - Tim offers two practical recommendations based on what researchers are finding right now can help to improve psychological safety in workplaces.
  • [15:30] - Tim outlines the four stages of psychological safety that can help organizations understand where they’re people are at practically and how it can be heightened.
  • [21:24] -Tim challenges us to think about when leaders push the fear buttons in workplaces and what impact does this have on psychological safety for ourselves and others.
  • [24:56] - Tim 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 Tim!

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