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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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Mar 2, 2017

Angela Duckworth is a professor at The University of Pennsylvania. She is also the founder and scientific director of The Character Lab. She has advised the White House, professional sports teams and Fortune 500 CEO’s.  

In this conversation, you will hear Angela discuss the research that she is doing on character with children and teachers in middle schools.  Character is not one thing, it is many.  Various character strengths fall into three dimensions: interpersonal character, intellectual character, and intrapersonal character.  Angela also talks about these types of characters in regards to the workplace.  You will also hear Angela talk about grit, and her opinions on the things workplaces are doing to try to cultivate grit. 

Connect with Angela Duckworth:

CharacterLab.org

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:59] - Angela shares some of the takeaways from her upcoming presentation on character at the 5th World Congress in Positive Psychology.  
  • [03:53] - In Angela’s research, she looked at a subsets of strengths in the VIA (Values in Action Inventory).
  • [05:31] - Angela says that self-control and grit are in the strength of will family.  
  • [06:41] - Angela describes the interpersonal strengths.  These allow you to appreciate other human beings.  
  • [07:36] - Angela lists some characteristics that she defines as intellectual character.
  • [09:26] - Angela talks about determining where students are in their strengths in these areas of character.  
  • [10:42] - Angela believes that these areas of character strengths are relevant to adults, in addition to youth.  She describes how these translate to the workplace.
  • [12:36] - Angela talks about the relationship between grit and character and their roles in achievement.
  • [14:00] - Grit is sought-after in the workplaces, and Angela talks about the idea that the role of character will grow in businesses.  She explains how strengths in some areas of character can lead to the individual being likelier to have or develop strengths in other areas of character.
  • [16:31] - Angela talks about what workplaces are doing to successfully cultivate grit.
  • [19:42] - Angela shares some concerns she has with workplaces implementing grit exercises.
  • [22:09] - The Lightning Round with Angela Duckworth.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

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Special thanks to Angela for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

Feb 23, 2017

Martin Seligman is a leading authority in the fields of positive psychology, resilience, learned helplessness, depression, optimism, and pessimism.  He is the director of the Penn Positive Psychology Center, the Penn Master of Applied Positive Psychology program. 

In this conversation, you will hear Martin share what he would like attendees to take away from his presentation at the 5th World Congress on Positive Psychology.  He talks about changes he is seeing with governments as they implement positive psychology practices.  Martin believes well-being should be one of the principle goals of political policy around the world.  

Martin also talks about positive psychology in the workplace. He shares one small change that he believes can make a big impact on workplaces.  He also shares that increases in occupational well-being should decrease accidents and increase safety in the workplace.

Connect with Martin Seligman:

Website - http://authentichappiness.org

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:02]  - Martin will be speaking at the IPPA World Congress on Positive Psychology in July in Montreal.  He shares what he would like attendees to learn in his session, “Positive Psychology: Past, Present, and Future”.
  • [03:55] - Martin shares some of the changes he is seeing with governments as they implement these ideas.  He shares the five groups to life satisfaction and happiness, which forms the acronym, PERMA.
  • [05:51] - Martin talks about the ways of measuring well-being with psychometric accuracy.
  • [09:03] - Martin shares his confidence that these are the pillars of well-being and that governments can make changes with well-being.  He explains how they are using social media to measure the results.
  • [12:17] - Martin states that our positive emotional system is built around the question, “what works?”  
  • [13:49] - Martin shares a small change that can make big differences in the workplace.
  • [16:22] - Martin defines good leadership in the workplace.  
  • [17:45] - Occupational safety dangers are increased by depression, anxiety, and anger.
  • [18:41] - Martin explains how his original theories on learned helplessness may have been wrong.
  • [20:44] - Martin talks about the idea of positive psychology practices may not be a good fit for certain workplace environments.
  • [22:10] - The Lightning Round with Martin Seligman.

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.  

Also, 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.

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Special thanks to Martin for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

Feb 16, 2017

Sonja Lyubomirsky is a professor of Psychology at the University of California - Riverside. Her research on the science of happiness has been the recipient of many honors.  She is a best-selling author of the books The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want and The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn’t, What Shouldn’t Make You Happy, but Does.

In this conversation, you will hear Sonja share her thoughts and findings on happiness.  Sonja shares some of her findings that prove that positive activity interactions work.  Sonja also talks about some of the myths of happiness, which is the topic of her latest book.  She talks about the identification process to determine which interactions may work for individuals.  She also talks about happiness in group dynamics, specifically the workplace.  Sonja must present these interventions in various ways, depending on the environment and situation and she explains how she does that.  

Connect with Sonja Lyubomirsky:

Website: http://sonjalyubomirsky.com/

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:57] - Sonja shares what she hopes attendees gain from her presentations on happiness. Sonja says that it is possible to become happier.
  • [03:06] - Happiness is a broad term and Sonja describes how she defines the term.  
  • [04:07] - Sonja’s talks about the short-term and long-term improvements people can make with happiness.  She explains that short-term happiness is easier to achieve than long-term happiness.
  • [05:10] - Sonja describes the benefits of people being happy in the workplace.  She also explains why it’s not a good thing to be “too happy” in the workplace.
  • [06:46] - Sonja lists a few interventions that people can use in the workplace to become happier at work.
  • [08:38]- Sonja shares some of her findings that prove that positive activity interventions work.  She talks about gratitude and the role that factors like culture and dosage play a role.
  • [10:37] - In her book, The How of Happiness, Sonja provides a survey to help determine which interventions might work for individuals.  She talks about this identification process.
  • [13:04] - Sonja shares some of the myths of happiness.
  • [15:32] - Sonja talks about the idea of happiness and well-being in social environments and with each other in various relationships.
  • [16:50] - Happiness shouldn’t be forced on anyone. Sonja talks about situations where happiness interventions aren’t the right strategy.
  • [19:11] - Sonja explains how she presents these interventions in different types of workplaces.
  • [20:00] - The Lightning Round with Sonja Lyubomirsky

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.  

Also, 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 finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

Special thanks to Sonja for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

Feb 9, 2017

Paula Davis Laack is a former practicing lawyer, an internationally published writer, media contributor, and a stress and resilience expert.  She has designed and taught burnout prevention and resilience workshops for thousands of professionals around the world. She also taught resilience skills to more than 25,000 soldiers.  

While a lot of people are familiar with the term “burnout”, they don’t know what it is and how it develops.  In this conversation, you will hear Paula talk about burnout and how individuals can avoid it. She also discusses the strategies that organizations can implement to help team members avoid burnout.

Connect with Paula Davis Laack:

Website: http://pauladavislaack.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:55] - Paula explains why burnout is such an issue in workplaces, even though businesses have been addressing this issue for a long time.
  • [03:45] - Paula defines “burnout” as a process of chronic stress.  She explains the difference between stress and burnout.
  • [05:18] - Paula addresses how individuals can avoid burnout.  She provides a template to evaluate your burnout or potential burnout.
  • [07:15] - The “I’m too busy” narrative is something Paula will be addressing in an upcoming blog post.  This is something we need to be aware of and stop over-using.  
  • [07:44] - Paula talks about STRONG strategies.
  • [09:22] - Small changes can make a huge differences.  Paula talks about STOP, which is one of her favorite mindfulness techniques.
  • [10:12] - Paula explains how to use passwords to move forward with your goals.
  • [11:06] - Paula believes resilience skills can be very simple.
  • [12:30] - Paula lists some things organizations can do to help employees avoid burnout.
  • [15:56] - Paula says you can’t be “too resilient”.  This is an important skill for people to have.
  • [19:35] The Lightning Round with Paul Davis Laack

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.  

Also, 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 finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

Special thanks to Paula for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

Feb 3, 2017

Carin Rockind is the creator of Purpose Girl, a movement to empower purpose-driven living.  She is also a leading happiness expert who works with companies around the world, teaching real-life strategies to help people live to their fullest potential of success and well-being.  

In this conversation, you will hear Carin talk about purpose. Carin explains why purpose is a verb. She describes how you can find purpose in your life, even in existing situations.  She also talks about purpose in the workplace and how leaders can help individuals find more purpose in their work.

Connect with Carin Rockind:

Website: CarinRockind.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:15] - Carin believes purpose is the driving force behind who we are. She explains why purpose is so important.
  • [02:32] - Carin explains why it’s so difficult people to discover their purpose.
  • [05:19] - Carin talks about finding purpose in your existing situation.  
  • [11:00] - “Start where you are.”  Carin talks about how the start the process of identifying and working towards your purpose and what lights you up.
  • [12:38] - If you are unable to “start where you are” in your company, Carin explains other venues that you can use.
  • [13:28] - Carin encourages you to not hide your passions.  
  • [16:39] - Carin describes how leaders can help individuals find more purpose in their work.
  • [20:30] - Carin says we can’t have too much purpose because it leads to life satisfaction.  However, it can lead to obsession, which impacts other areas of our lives.
  • [23:15] - The Lightning Round with Carin Rockind.

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.  

Also, 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 finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

Special thanks to Carin for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

Jan 26, 2017

Russ Harris is the author of the international best-selling self help book, The Happiness Trap.  He is a therapist and coach, as well as a world renowned trainer of acceptance and commitment therapy, otherwise known as ACT.  He has provided ACT training to over 20,000 people all around the world.

In this conversation, you will hear Russ talk about the ACT approach. He explains how individuals and organizations can use the ACT approach to work through negativity and be comfortable with accepting rather than solving.

Connect with Russ Harris:

Website: ActMindfully.com.au

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:28] - Russ talks about finding healthy ways to accept things that seem completely unacceptable.  
  • [04:07] - Russ shares how those of us that are used to a CBT approach to our challenges can get comfortable with accepting rather than solving.  
  • [07:55] - Self-compassion is an important skill to normalize being able to get comfortably uncomfortable.  Russ explains how the ACT approach works through negativity.  
  • [09:54] - Russ talks about the ideas of expansion, anchoring, pursuing the value of kindness, and connectedness with others.
  • [12:22] - Russ describes how to introduce these ideas into workplaces.  He describes his experiences with different types of work environments.
  • [17:24] - When asked about work situations where ACT approach may not be a good fit, Russ shares the range of situations where these strategies have been implemented.
  • [19:50] - The Lightning Round with Russ Harris

Your Resources:

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT - Russ Harris and Steven Hayes

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration - Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

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.  

Also, 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 finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

Special thanks to Russ for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

Jan 19, 2017

Jo Murray is a facilitator and change consultant with a Masters in Positive Psychology from Melbourne University.  Jo is specifically interested in how leaders in organizations can use the concept of psychological capital to improve the engagement and wellbeing of their employees.  

 While your organization may measure and track your economic, human or even social capital, have you ever considered the psychological capital?  Psychological capital is about understanding what individuals uniquely bring to their role and the organization to give it life and vitality, and their potential to be great and perform at extraordinary levels.  By providing meaningful and productive feedback to your staff based on the components of psychological capital  - hope, self-efficacy, resilience, optimism -  you can unlock the performance potential of your team.
 

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:33] - Jo explains that psychological capital is simply described as the notion of who you are and, more importantly, who you’re becoming.
  • [02:44] – As an organization leader it means tapping into when your employees enjoy their job, are motivated and optimistic about improving their performance.
  • [03:36] - People who are higher in psychological capital are more engaged, involved, and rewarded by the work they do.  
  • [04:27] - Jo explains how psychological capital is the dynamic interplay between hope, self-efficacy, resilience, and optimism (HERO).
  • [08:10] – You can use these four elements of psychological capital by firstly becoming conscious of what you’re doing as a leader and then using as a basis when you manage performance or provide feedback to your staff.  
  • [09:53] - Jo shares her experiences and thoughts on how organizations can introduce the practices of psychological capital into workplaces.
  • [12:04] - Jo talks about the importance of understanding why and being ready to introduce the concept of psychological capital into an organization.
  • [14:50] - Jo shares one example of introducing psychological capital into a challenging workplace and the benefits of providing feedback in a meaningful, productive way that actually unlocks performance.
  • [17:34] – Jo explains how you can find more information on psychological capital and learn how to introduce it into your workplace.
  • [18:46] - The Lightning Round with Jo Murray.

Your Resources:

The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: Raising Children with Courage, Compassion, and Connection - Brené Brown

Practicing Positive Leadership: Tools and Techniques That Create Extraordinary Results - Kim Cameron

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being - Martin E. P. Seligman

How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact - Jane E Dutton and Gretchen Spreitzer

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.  

Also, 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 finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

Special thanks to Jo for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

Jan 12, 2017

Kathleen Cator is a clinical psychologist and former nurse with over 20 years’ experience as a health professional. Kathleen leads self-compassion and mindfulness based training and therapies in public, education, and health care settings.

Self-compassion is about treating yourself during difficult or challenging times as you would a good friend - with kindness, understanding and encouragement. While it’s easy to believe that by being critical of your faults and failings you are more likely to be motivated to make changes, however this has actually been found to undermine your progress. However, when you practice self-compassion you are more likely to learn from your mistakes, and improve your motivation, performance, and wellbeing.

Connect with Kathleen Cator

Website:  http://mettahp.com.au/

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:24] - Kathleen explains how you can use the same principles of showing compassion to others, to be compassionate to yourself.
  • [02:43] – Research has found that self-compassion improves your emotional and physical wellbeing, your relationships, and can help you make positive changes.
  •  [06:45] - Your brain has evolved to make you safe, and so focuses on possible threats. You can use mindfulness to choose a more self-compassionate response.
  •  [07:48] - Kathleen describes the three steps in practicing self-compassion.
  • [09:50] - Kathleen shares some simple self-compassion practices that you can try in the workplace.
  • [12:44] - Kathleen explains the relationship between self-compassion and mindfulness.
  • [14:23] - Kathleen discusses how leaders can encourage the practice of self-compassion.  
  • [15:54] – Kathleen raises the challenges of introducing self-compassion into workplaces.  
  • [17:03] - The Lightning Round with Kathleen Cator

Your Resources:

The Museum of Modern Love - by Heather Rose
Metta Learning Tools

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.  

Also, 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 finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

Special thanks to Kathleen for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

Jan 5, 2017

Louisa Jewell is a speaker, author, facilitator, and wellbeing teacher who has inspired thousands of people worldwide to be more confident.  She founded the Canadian Positive Psychology Association and her work has been featured in numerous publications.

In this conversation, you will hear Louisa share her thoughts on developing more confidence, to help you and your organization become more innovative.  Louisa believes confidence is finding the courage to act in the moment you want to put a great idea forward.  While some self-doubt can be motivating, too much self-doubt and self-questioning can stop you in your tracks and undermine your wellbeing.

Connect with Louisa Jewell

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:48] - Louisa talks about the importance of innovation in today’s business-world, and to be innovative organizations need people with the confidence to speak up about their great ideas.
  • [04:05] - Louisa shares how confidence means having the courage to act in that moment when you have a great idea .
  • [06:08] - Wile some self-doubt can motivate you to be better prepared as you move forward, you need to let go of chronic self-doubt.
  • [08:20] - “Fail fast, fail often” is a popular motto right now, but to make this work Louisa suggests organizations  need structures to make it safe to fail.  
  • [15:36] - Louisa believes leaders should consider how they can encourage small steps to success, and build  problem-solving muscles within their teams.
  • [19:35] - Louisa shares some advice if you feel that your organization isn't a confidence-enabling environment.  
  • [21:30] - Failure does not feel good and Louisa talks about how you can become comfortable with failure.
  • [24:36] - The Lightning Round with Louisa Jewell

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.  

Also, 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 finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

Special thanks to Louisa for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

Dec 29, 2016

Dr. Barbara Fredrickson is a distinguished professor of psychology and neuroscience.  She is the director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  With 140 peer-reviewed articles published and translated into a dozen languages, her research is funded by the US National Institute of Health.  

“Positive psychology is not just for when things are going well.”  This conversation may be exactly what some of you need in these times of global political uncertainty and fear.  Barbara talks about maintaining positivity and functioning or flourishing in times of negativity.  

Connect with Barbara Fredrickson

Barbara Fredrickson’s page on the Social Psychology Network

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:50] - As 2016 concludes, there is a lot of uncertainty and fear in the world due to political changes.  Barbara talks about the role of positive psychology in these times.
  • [03:35] - Barbara shares her thoughts on maintaining positivity in the face of fear.
  • [05:40] - Barbara talks about functioning and flourishing during periods of negativity.
  • [06:35] - Some negativity is recycled and Barbara talks about approaching those situations.
  • [10:55] - Barbara talks about reaching out with positivity to those that you have ideological differences with.
  • [13:11] - A lot of Barbara’s research is on love and positivity resonance between people.  She talks about aspects of her research that are more important now, in these times.
  • [15:35] - Barbara talks about the value of meditation in times of negative emotional state.
  • [18:48] - I have found Barbara’s tool on tracking positivity ratio to be very valuable.  She talks about this tool and how it can be used.
  • [20:11] - Barbara shares her thoughts on how leaders of organizations can help others balance these feelings.
  • [22:25] - The Lightning Round with Barbara Fredrickson.

Your Resources:

President Obama - our positive psychologist-in-chief  (by Sonja Lyubomirsky)

Positivity Ratio

Awakening Compassion at Work: The Quiet Power That Elevates People and Organizations - Monica Worline and Jane E. Dutton

Stories of You Life and Others - Ted Chiang

Positivity Resonance

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.  

Also, 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 finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

Special thanks to Barbara for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

Dec 22, 2016

Monica Worline is an organizational psychologist, speaker, author, and the founder and CEO of Alive and Work, an organization that teaches businesses how to tap into courageous thinking, compassionate leadership, and the curiosity to bring their best work to life.

In this conversation, you will hear Monica Worline describe the importance of compassion, specifically within organizations.  Monica shares components of her personal blueprint for compassion that she explains, in-depth in her upcoming book, Awakening Compassion at Work.  

Business leaders may resist compassion in their organization because it’s perceived as “soft”, but Monica shares that research shows that embracing compassion can positively impact the business financially.  Monica also describes the dilemmas that organization leaders can face when embracing compassion in the workplace.

Connect with Monica Worline

Website - MonicaWorline.com or TheCompassionLab.com
Twitter - @monicaworline

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:02] - Monica talks about compassion and shares how compassion is different than empathy.
  • [03:52] - Business leaders often feel that compassion is too soft to be relevant to their bottom line and Monica explains how research shows that compassion impacts the things that cost businesses money.
  • [06:34] -  Monica describes the personal blueprint for compassion.
  • [12:06] - Monica talks about how organizations can implement compassion into the system.
  • [17:43] - Monica talks about the fears that leaders experience when considering compassion.
  • [19:04] - Monica shares how stories can help build compassionate workplaces.
  • [21:00] - Monica recently worked with an organization to help them create a more compassionate environment and she talks about working with them through stories.
  • [22:51] - Monica explains how practitioners and researchers need to realize that compassion is not fast or easy in workplaces. She explains that it leads to many dilemmas for leaders.
  • [25:40] - The Lightning Round with Monica Worline

Your Resources:

Awakening Compassion at Work: The Quiet Power That Elevates People and Organizations - Monica Worline and Jane E Dutton

Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfuilling Life - Todd B. Kashdan

Talk of Love: How Culture Matters - Ann Swindler

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.  

Also, 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 finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

Special thanks to Monica for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

Dec 15, 2016

Robert Biswas-Diener, is a leading researcher on culture, wellbeing, positive psychology coaching and author of several wonderful books including the The Upside of Your Dark Side

With recent political changes in the United States and the UK leaving many feeling fearful and apprehensive about the future, Robert shares his insights on how to become comfortable with these uncomfortable feelings.  He suggests rather than trying to whitewash them, by accepting them, and seeing them as signals that something isn’t right, you can then decide on a constructive response to what’s unfolding.  You can also apply this in workplaces when looming mergers or restructures stir up similar feelings of uncertainty and fear.

Connect with Robert Biswas-Diener

Robert’s Website - RobertDiener.com
PositiveAcorn.com
IntentionalHappiness.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:37] - Robert talks about how emotions are like signals giving us a mental thumbs-up or thumbs-down about the quality of our life.  
  • [05:35] - If you are fearful, it’s telling you that something you care about may be under threat, and you may need to protect it.   
  • [07:54] - Robert explains when you can be comfortably uncomfortable with your negative emotions, instead of feeling overwhelmed, you can act constructively.
  • [11:05] - Robert explains one important step in tolerating these emotions, is to specifically label the emotion to help understand what message it may be telling you.
  • [13:54] – When people are experiencing incredible change in workplaces and feeling very negative, Robert talks about how leaders can build capacity in their employees.
  • [16:20] - Robert says sometimes leaders need to challenge apprehension and other times it’s ok to validate concerns.
  • [17:49] - Robert believes happiness and wellbeing doesn’t have to be a mandate at work.  
  • [20:30] –To be a whole person you need to experience and draw on the full range of positive and negative emotions.
  • [21:35] - Robert explains why “you never want cheerful optimists in the control tower, directing flight traffic.”
  • [22:18] - The Lightning Round with Robert Biswas-Diener

Your Resources:

The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole Self--Not Just Your “Good” Self--Drives Success and Fulfillment - Robert Biswas-Diener & Todd Kashdan
View all of Robert Biswas-Diener’s books on Amazon
Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success - Adam Grant
Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection - Deborah Blum

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Dec 8, 2016

Paloma Lopez is the global sustainability director for Kellogg. She helped lead the launch of the Kellogg origins program in sustainable agriculture in Europe.  She is now helping roll that program out on a global scale.  

Paloma shares Kellogg’s long history with “purpose”.  She explains how it is increasingly important for employees that the values of the organization align with their own.   Paloma has great insight into what Kellog have learned on their journey about having the right programs, the right partners and the right messages. 

Connect with Paloma Lopez

Twitter - @palomalpez

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:21] - Paloma talks about embedding purpose within an organization.  She shares how Kellogg has done this.
  • [3:34] - Paloma also explains why this strategy is important for their millennial employees.
  • [7:14] - Paloma talks about the role that leaders play in implementing and maintaining these strategies. Paloma also shares a new initiative that aims to connect employees with their sustainable agriculture sources.
  • [10:09] -  Paloma believes that small organizations with leaders that value purpose can also embrace these strategies.
  • [14:41] - Paloma shares how a commitment to purpose can go wrong.  
  • [16:35] - Paloma talks about the need for a clear commitment to the brand.  She shares an example that involves Special K.
  • [19:44] - Paloma reminds us that  business need to work in partnership to address larger societal needs.
  • [21:08] - The Lightning Round with Paloma Lopez

Your Resources:

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High - Kerry Patterson & Joseph Grenny

Positive Business Conference

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Dec 1, 2016

Vincent Stanley is an author and chief story-teller with Patagonia.  In this conversation, you will hear Vincent talk about Patagonia’s journey from sustainability to responsibility, the mistakes they've made along the way and how they've won the hearts and minds of employees. 

Connect with Vincent Stanley

Vincent Stanley’s Website

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:18] - Vincent shares why he believes organizations shouldn't focus on sustainability.
  • [04:23] - Vincent talks about Patagonia’s journey towards responsibility.
  • [07:17] - Vincent explains how Patagonia have used story-telling and experiences to convince their employees to embrace this change.
  • [13:15] - Vincent shares how Patagonia's willingness to stumble on it's responsibility journey has helped the company plan more proactively.
  • [14:30] - The lightning round with Vincent Stanley.

Your Resources:

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Nov 24, 2016

Dr. Peggy Kern is a senior lecturer in the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education in the Center for Positive Psychology.  Peggy has published over 50 peer reviewed articles and chapters.  Her research addresses the question, “Who flourishes and why?”

In this conversation, you will hear Peggy talk about the role our behaviors and habits play in our well-being. With Julie Butler, Peggy has developed Permah Profiler, which is designed to measure different elements of well-being. She has also developed Permah Workplace Survey.  Peggy also shares that she recently received some criticism and she shares some valuable insight on how to react to criticism and ways to learn from it to become a better researcher.  

Connect with Peggy Kern:

Peggy Kern’s Blog - http://peggykern.org

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:40] - Peggy talks about our behaviors and habits and determining if these are undermine or uplift our well-being.
  • [03:29] - Peggy shares her thoughts on why these little practices to promote well-being are so difficult for us.
  • [05:20] - One of the best ways to change habits is to record what you’re doing and monitor your habits.  Peggy talks about using that same practice with measuring our well-being.
  • [08:58] - Peggy developed a version of Perma Profiler for workplaces.  
  • [11:27] - Peggy talks about the challenges that positive psychology researchers and practitioners experience.
  • [15:06] - Peggy gives her thoughts on sharing the science of positive psychology in a simple enough manner to keep them interested.
  • [19:24] - Peggy recently received some criticism and she talks about where this criticism came from and how she handled the situation.  
  • [24:20] - Peggy shares her thoughts on science and the confidence practitioners have in the science of positive psychology.
  • [28:32] - The Lightning Round with Peggy Kern.

Your Resources:

Permah Profiler
Permah Workplace Survey
Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success - Adam Grant

 

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Nov 17, 2016

Kevin Schnieders is the Chief Servant Leader and CEO of Educational Data Systems, Inc. (EDSI). EDSI is a workplace development, customized training, and consulting company who provides innovative solutions to close workforce skill gaps around America.  Since Kevin became CEO, EDSI has tripled in size.  

In this conversation, you will hear Kevin talk about models and systems that he has implemented at EDSI.  By talking with 450 EDSI employees in 45 days through this servant leadership model, Kevin has been able to understand his employees as individuals.  You will hear him share the logistics of maintaining these relationships.  EDSI has experienced incredible growth under Kevin and he explains the role that this model had in the success of the company.

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:50] - Kevin talked with 450 EDSI employees in 45 days. He talks about what led him to making the decision to take on this challenge and what he took away from these conversations.  
  • [02:40] - Kevin believes leaders need to understand their employees as individuals.  
  • [03:35] - Kevin talks about asking employees open-ended questions to get their opinions on the company.
  • [04:26] - Kevin talks about some of the logistics to staying organized with the information his employees share with him.
  • [05:25] - Kevin shares why he feels this investment in his employees is important and beneficial. He explains why he attributes the success of the company to this strategy.
  • [07:14] - Kevin talks about buy-in with this servant leadership model across all levels of leadership and management with EDSI.  
  • [09:05] - EDSI is using other systems like the Best Reflective Self Exercise and The Immunity Map.  
  • [11:30] - EDSI believes in working to people’s strengths.  They allow for people to try to grow in areas, but they don’t set people up for failure.
  • [12:29] - Kevin talks about the feedback he receives from his employees.  
  • [15:17] - Kevin shares that there have been some models that EDSI tried that did not work out as planned.

Your Resources:

Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone - Mark Goulston M.D & Keith Ferrazzi

The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Tell Your Family History, Fight Smarter, Go Out And Play, and Much More - Bruce Feiler

Center for Positive Organizations’ Positive Business Project

Educational Data Systems, Inc.

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Nov 10, 2016

Dr. Aaron Jarden is a senior lecturer in psychology at Auckland University of Technology. He is also the president of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology.

Aaron has done a lot of research on occupational wellbeing and in this conversation, he talks about how to introduce these practices to workplaces from the upper levels to the front-lines using a  “me, we, us” framework.

Aaron also shares his thoughts on the links between the research community and practitioners.  He also speaks about the gap between the academic world and the general public's perception of wellbeing.

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:40] - Aaron talks about some of his research findings on occupational wellbeing.
  • [03:12] - Aaron shares his thoughts on introducing these practices to workplaces.
  • [05:08] - There are different ways organizations implement these practices and Aaron shares the different strategies and his thoughts on the variety of techniques.
  • [06:23] - A challenge in implementing occupational well-being strategies is convincing leaders to buy in. Aaron talks about this necessary and difficult step in the process.
  • [08:13] - Aaron talks about varying levels of senior leadership and the upward trend in this area.
  • [09:14] - Aaron talks about the importance of small interventions that can make a huge difference to well being, that don't cost a lot..
  • [12:09] - Aaron shares an effective quick three-breath exercise to create a positive mindset.
  • [13:16] - Aaron talks about the poor job researchers do of communicating science to the public and what the research community can do to repair that.
  • [17:13] - Aaron talks about the difference between academics and general public understandings of wellbeing.
  • [19:02] - The Lightning Round with Dr. Aaron Jarden.

Your Resources:

Dr. Aaron Jarden’s website

Positive Psychology at Work: How Positive Leadership and Appreciative Inquiry Create Inspiring Organizations - Sarah Lewis

Elon Musk Biography

Second Wave Positive Psychology: Embracing the Dark Side of Life - Itai Ivtzan and Tim Lomas

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Nov 3, 2016

Sarah Lewis is the founder and managing director of Appreciating Change in the UK. Sarah consults for organizations around the world on how to effectively create sustainable change.

In this conversation, you will hear Sarah talk about her philosophies on change and how she helps organizations through the change process. We discuss the questions that must be asked to unleash change. Often, the questions asked pertain to what is going wrong or what is broken. Instead, Sarah talks about the questions that need to be asked to unleash the power to move forward through positive change. Sarah also explains some other methodology for positive change, like World Cafe and Simu-Real.

In the Lightning Round, Sarah shares several authors and books for which she has great appreciation. She also shares that “positivity is a state as well as a trait.”These methodologies are not about ignoring the negativity in life, but rather to help us get to a state where we are coping and thriving.

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:30] - Sarah shares the advice she gives organizations wanting to bring out the best in their people during the change process.
  • [3:21] - Sarah talks about getting leaders to embrace a more system change, rather than a top-down implemented change.
  • [07:10] - Sarah talks about the questions that need to be asked to unleash the power to move forward.
  • [10:04] - Sarah talks about the burning platform and while that might be productive in the short-term, there is difficulty with sustaining that change.
  • [16:27] - Sarah explains the World Cafe and Simu-Real methodologies for change.
  • [22:45] - The Lightning Round with Sarah Lewis.

Your Resources:

Sarah Lewis’ Website
Sarah Lewis’ books on Amazon
Kim Cameron’s books
David Cooperrider’s books
Collaborating for Change: Appreciative Inquiry - David Cooperrider et al.
The Change Handbook: The Definitive Resource on Today’s Best Methods for Engaging Whole Systems - Peggy Holman and Tom Devane

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Oct 27, 2016

Chris White is the managing director of the Center for Positive Organizations and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Chris developed and co-teaches the MBA class on social intrapreneurship.

In this conversation, Chris explains social intrapreneurship - leading positive change without authority - and compares this with social movement activists.   Chris talks about how organizations can create workplace environments to foster more social intrapreneurship,  and where these efforts can go wrong.

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:24] - Chris talks about his presentation on leading positive change without authority. He draws parallels between social movement activists and trying to create change in organizations.
  • [02:06] - Chris goes over the 4 things that occur in social movement theory literature and those also apply to social intrapreneurship .
  • [04:24] - Chris talks about social intrapreneurship.
  • [06:25] - Chris shares his thoughts on the roles of passion, meaning, and purpose play in social intrapreneurship.
  • [08:30] - Chris talks about the things leaders of organizations can do to create more intrapreneur-friendly environments in workplaces.
  • [10:08] - People experience fear that leaders will not embrace intrapreneurship and Chris talks about what levels of the organization need to set the culture of intrapreneurship.
  • [11:25] - Chris points out that Barclay’s is an organization that has fostered and nurtured intrapreneurship.
  • [12:48] - Chris talks about social intrapreneurship gone wrong.
  • [16:00] - The Lightning Round with Chris White.

Your Resources:

Changing Your Company From the Inside Out - Chris White
Chris White’s Blog
Lift: The Fundamental State of Leadership - Ryan Quinn and Robert Quinn
Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living - Krista Tippett
PositiveBusinessConference.com

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Oct 20, 2016

Jason Wilburn is the Vice President and General Manager for the Industrial Services Division of Conco Services Corporation. Conco was a finalist in the 2016 Positive Business Project competition, presented by The Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Conco has a lot of remote employees that only see each other face-to-face twice a year, yet are expected to have the familiarity to be able to work effectively together. In January, Conco launched their program to develop and build high-quality connections.

In this conversation, Jason talks about how he and Conco implemented these positive psychology practices. He shares the results and growth that Conco has experienced in 2016, with these practices in place. He also talks about the next steps of maintaining this program of high-quality connections.

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:36] - Jason talks about what he and his team have done at Conco to make 2016 the year of high-quality connections.
  • [04:18] - Jason explains how Conco was able to convince people to buy into these concepts and approaches.
  • [07:17] - Jason talks about the financial benefits of implementing a culture of high-quality connections.
  • [08:30] - The change in culture with Conco has led to an increase in applicants.
  • [09:38] - Jason talks about what sparked his interest in these positive psychology practices.
  • [11:40] - Jason shares his advice on implementing these practices into an organization.
  • [14:48] - Jason talks about how to accomplish the goal of maintaining and turning people from practitioners to teachers.
  • [16:07] - The Lightning Round with Jason Wilburn.

Your Resources:

The Gratitude Journal
The Positive Organization - Bob Quinn
Why Nations Fail - Daron Acemoglu
Originals - Adam Grant
Bully Pulpit - Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Center for Positive Organization’s Positive Business Project

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Oct 13, 2016

Neil Garrett is a cognitive neuroscientist at the University College London. His research investigates the mechanisms by which individuals learn information about the world and the factors that influence learning processes.

Neil Garrett’s website: http://neilgarrett.org/

In this conversation, Neil shares that research suggests that our brains may be wired for optimism. People tend to over-estimate the likelihood of positive events in the future and under-estimate the likelihood of negative events in the future. Although this is not the case with everyone, as there are external factors that can influence this in individuals.

Neil’s findings can help leaders determine the best ways to deliver information in workplaces. There are some negatives that come from this optimism and Neil talks about what those negatives are and explains the necessary balance that needs to happen.

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:27] - Neil shares some takeaways from his presentation at the European Conference on Positive Psychology.
  • [02:13] - According to Neil, research suggests that our brains are wired for optimism. However, this can be influenced by factors such as depression, stress, and anxiety.
  • [03:21] - Neil talks about what is going on neurologically as our brain interprets good and bad information.
  • [05:10] - This filtering of information encourages motivation, but can lead to risk-taking.
  • [05:52] - Neil says that the role of genetics in this process is not yet known.
  • [06:31] - Neil talks about how his findings can influence the workplace.
  • [08:15] - Neil discusses how leaders can use this information to deliver information.
  • [09:47] - Neil talks about the impact technology can have on harnessing our brain’s activity.
  • [10:57] - Neil shares some of his current research, which involves work with firefighters.
  • [12:21] - Neil talks more about the negatives of this optimism, such as risk-taking behaviors and ignoring warning signs.
  • [13:34] - The Lightning Round with Neil Garrett

Your Resources:

The Great Brain Experiment (app)

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakami

Sweet Tooth: A Novel - Ian McEwan

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work - Mason Currey

European Conference on Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology Program

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Oct 6, 2016

James Pawelski is the director of education and senior scholar in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the author of the book The Dynamic Individualism of William James.  He serves as the founding director of the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology program for more than 10 years, where he teaches courses on positive interventions, the humanities, and human flourishing.  James is an international keynote speaker who regularly makes presentations in English and Spanish.  He has spoken in more then twenty countries and on six continents.  In addition, he also holds paid leadership positions as the founding executive director of the International Positive Psychology Association, member of the steering committee of the International Positive Education Network, and president of the William James Society.

James Pawelski's website: (https://jamespawelski.com/)

In this discussion, James and I talk about the relationship between positive psychology and philosophy, the roots of positive psychology and why we should understand them, the role of the humanities in understanding, and what the positive in positive psychology is.  James tells us about some of his favorite books for gaining insight into human flourishing as well as why he thinks literature and story telling are so important for a happy life. 

You'll Learn:

1:43 – You will learn about James’ recent talk at the European Conference on Positive Psychology about the importance of theory for research and practice.  He talks about the interesting things that happen when you ask careful questions deeply.

3:50 – James talks about what positive psychology means by positive.

5:30 – We hear of how positive psychology, with its focus on what is going well with a person, is complementary to mainstream psychology, which focuses on the negative psychological aspects such as depression or anxiety.

6:58 – James goes into more detail about the relationship between the positive and negative.

8:20 – James answers the question, “Is positive psychology fundamentally about the best things in life, or is it fundamentally about living the best life we can?”

10:40 – We talk more about the importance of a comprehensive approach to positive psychology.

12:00 – The question is raised, “What happens if various positives are in conflict?”

14:28 – James discusses the connection between positive psychology and the humanities.

17:04 – We go into the intersection of positive psychology and the humanities in the workplace.

20:06 – The importance of stories and story telling to a happy life is discussed.

20:36 – James tells us how using the Values in Action Classification of Strengths and Virtues has helped in his own life.

21:27 – He talks about two of his favorite books to help people bring out the best in themselves and others.

22:58 – James talks about a few of the books he is currently reading and why he recommends people studying mindfulness meditation.

24:08 – We hear why James is not a fan of the term optimism and why he prefers the term meliorism.

Your Resources:

James Pawelski’s website (https://jamespawelski.com/)

European Conference on Positive Psychology (www.enpp.eu)

Positive Psychology program (www.PositivePsychologyProgram.com)

International Positive Psychology Association-Learning Library

(Learning Library)

James’ Book List:

Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman

The Upside to Your Dark Side by Todd Kashdan and Robert Biswas-Diener

Positive Emotion: Integrating the Light Sides and Dark Sides by June Gruber and Judith Tedlie Moskowitz

The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy

“Neighbour Rosicky” by Willa Cather

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

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Sep 12, 2016

Sue Langley, is a speaker, master trainer, global business consultant and leading advisor, and founder and CEO of the Langley Group of Companies. Sue has taught thousands of business leaders how to create positive work-places.

Sue Langley’s website: http://suelangley.com/

In this discussion, you will learn about creativity and innovation and how they benefit us as individuals, but also how organizations can foster creativity and innovation beyond just having “a culture of creativity.”You will hear Sue’s thoughts on how leaders and organizations can develop the right climate for creativity and innovation to flourish.

Sue shares a lot of valuable information on her approach with leaders and organizations. You will learn the vocabulary she uses, and how she convinces organizations to be open to the science and research of positive psychology. Sue also shares a recent example of an organization that wasn’t ready for these practices.

You’ll Learn:

  • [1:43] - Having a culture of creativity in an organization isn’t enough to foster innovation and creativity.
  • [2:31] - Sue describes two types of creativity and innovation.
  • [3:25] - The benefits of creativity.
  • [4:25] - Sue shares what research says about creativity.
  • [6:26] - How leaders and organizations can develop the right climate for creativity to flourish.
  • [10:29] - Sue talks about how she convinces leaders and organizations to be open to the science and research of positive psychology.
  • [11:31] - How to implement these changes into an organization.
  • [13:07] - The vocabulary used with organizations when introducing positive psychology and wellbeing.
  • [13:43] - The relationship between positive psychology and profitability.
  • [14:34] - When positive psychology practices aren’t the best fit for an organization.
  • [15:59] - Sue talks about individuals and organizations with too much creativity.
  • [17:30] - The lightning round with Sue Langley.

Your Resources:

Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the Upward Spiral That Will Change Your Life - Barbara Fredrickson - http://a.co/bnlkrv1

Primer in Positive Psychology - Christopher Peterson -http://a.co/2vFFu3Q

Genetics of Psychological Well-Being: The Role of Heritability and Genes in Positive Psychology - Michael Pluess - http://a.co/gsEWpcv

European Conference on Positive Psychology - http://enpp.eu

Positive Psychology Program - http://positivepsychologyprogram.com

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Sep 2, 2016

Felicia Huppert is the founding director of the Well-Being Institute at Cambridge University and a leading researcher on the science of well-being and promotion of human flourishing.

Felicia Huppert’s website: http://www.wellbeing.group.cam.ac.uk/who-we-are/founder/

In this interview, you will hear Felicia share her definition and understanding of “wellbeing”, which is “our ability to feel good and function well.”She also talks about what she considers to be the foundation of everything we do, mindfulness. It’s that combination of mindfulness and skills that allows us to navigate life effectively.

Felicia developed the .b (Dot B) program for adolescents to stop and reflect. Studies show the effects on well-being exist three months later. Felicia also discusses the role of self-compassion in our well-being. People who are more self-compassionate are more motivated to change their behaviors in ways they want. Felicia shares her thoughts on the importance of mindfulness training within organizations and how to go through that process.

You’ll Learn:

● [1:32] - Felicia describes her interpretation of “well-being”.
● [2:32] - The 10 features of well-being or flourishing.
● [3:41] - Felicia talks flourishing in life “most of the time”.
● [4:22] - The foundation of everything we do is mindfulness.
● [5:35] -Felicia developed the .b (Dot B) program for adolescents.
● [8:43] - The role of self-compassion in our well-being.
● [11:05] - Controlling emotions is one of the most powerful effects of mindfulness training.
● [12:07] - Mindfulness training within organizations.
● [14:41] - Felicia talks about the importance of shifting the population curve and making the whole population more resilient.
● [17:03] - The Lightning Round with Felicia Huppert

Your Resources:

10 Keys to Happier Living (Vanessa King) - https://amzn.com/1472233425
The Health Gap (Michael Marmot) - https://amzn.com/1632860783
European Conference on Positive Psychology - http://enpp.eu
Positive Psychology Program - http://positivepsychologyprogram.com

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Aug 26, 2016

Louis Alloro is the co-founder and director of the Certificate in Positive Psychology program. He consults on culture change initiatives all over the world.

Louis Alloro’s website: https://certificateinpositivepsychology.com/capp-faculty/louis-alloro/

In this interview, you will hear Louis describe the Certificate in Positive Psychology program.  He talks about the technical content of this six-month program.  He also shares how the program helps participants “walk the walk” with the concepts that are covered.  This includes how the program prepares participants in how to handle some of the challenges in helping organization implement positive psychology practices.

You’ll Learn:

  • [1:44] - Louis talks about the different types of professionals that are drawn to the Certificate in Positive Psychology program and he describes what this program offers.
  • [3:50] - The Certificate in Positive Psychology program is organized around the Perma-V model and Louis describes what this entails, in regards to technical content.
  • [5:44] - This program covers a lot in six months and Louis shares with us the pace and workflow of the program.
  • [6:48] - Louis talks about helping participants “walk the walk” and putting this technical content into practice.
  • [8:13] - “When happiness is our pursuit, sometimes that causes a deficit in happiness in some people.”
  • [10:13] - Louis talks about the growing trend of stress and burnout in practitioners.
  • [13:07] - Louis addresses resistance of positive psychology practices within organizations, especially at the executive level.  
  • [17:05] - Louis describes how “polarity thinking” helps bring light to interdependent values and how the program teaches how to manage the polarities.
  • [20:12] - The Lightning Round with Louis Alloro

Your Resources:

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari - https://amzn.com/0062316095

Certificate in Positive Psychology - http://certificateinpositivepsychology.com

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