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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 25, 2018

Today we’re talking to Tamra Chandler who is the founder and CEO of PeopleFirm, one of Forbes Magazine’s 2018 America’s Best Management Consulting firms. A nationally recognized thought leader, author, and speaker, Tamra has spent most of her thirty-year career developing new and effective ways for people and their organizations to perform at their peak. In 2016, she wrote the acclaimed book, “How Performance Management is Killing Performance and What to Do About It.”

In this episode, we explore how existing performance management practices are often not only ineffective but detrimental in workplaces and why leaders hang on to them.  Tamra helps us to explore the alternatives and how focusing on strengths, building our growth mindiset feedback muscles and improving psychological safety with coaching focused development conversations can help people thrive in their roles.

Connect with Tamra:

Website:  http://www.peoplefirm.com/

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:23] - Tamra explains why she's found that performance management processes are generally killing performance in workplaces.
  • [05:55] - Tamra shares how performance conversations can help people to develop their strengths and improve psychological safety.
  • [08:46] - Tamra explains why despite all the evidence we have about helping people to thrive at work, organizations continue to persist with performance management approaches that are ineffective.
  • [11:49] - Tamra outlines the steps workplaces and leaders can take to improve their performance management processes.
  • [14:42] - Tamra explains why managers struggle to accurately rate most people’s performance at work.
  • [16:05] - Tamra suggests rating how managers feel about their people’s future potential is a better way to assess people’s talent in workplaces and why these conversations should be transparent.
  • [18:17] - Tamra explains why workplaces need to arm people with the courage and capability to seek more feedback on their own.
  • [20:41] - Tamra provides some tips on what leaders can do to improve people’s performance – regardless of their workplace's performance management systems.
  • [23:15] - Tamra 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 Tamra!

Oct 18, 2018

 

Today we’re talking to Fred Luthans, who is a distinguished professor of management emirates at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and whose research is focused on what he founded and has turned to positive organizational behavior and psychological capital. A former president of the Academy of Management, Fred has received many awards, edited three top journals, authored several well-known books, and over 250 academic articles and chapters, and lectured in most countries around the world.

In this episode, we explore how Fred led the creation of the concept of Psychological Capital, the impact of building the psychological resources of hope, optimism, resilience and efficacy, and how this can be achieved in workplaces.

Connect with Fred:

Website:  https://business.unl.edu/people/fluthans

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You’ll Learn:

  • [03:14] - Fred explains what psychological capital is and how the concept emerged for improving resilience in workplaces.
  • [08:38] - Fred shares what researchers around the world have been learning about the benefits of building psychological capital in workplaces.
  • [13:18] - Fred shares tips on how psychological capital can be practically developed for people in workplaces.
  • [16:37] - Fred shares how sustainability boosters can help people to build and maintain their levels of psychological capital.
  • [19:47] - Fred explains why PsyCap has been found to have more impact in the United States and in services industries.
  • [23:36] - Fred shares some of the other positive psychological resources that studies have found also impact resilience and wellbeing in the workplace.
  • [25:07] - 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!

Oct 11, 2018

 

Today we’re talking to Peter Bregman who, for the last 30 years, has helped CEO’s and senior leaders to develop their leadership skills, build aligned collaborative teams, and overcome obstacles to drive results for their organizations. The host of the acclaimed Bregman Leadership podcast, Peter’s a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review and an award-winning, best selling author. His most recent book is Leading with Emotional Courage, How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability and Inspire Action on Your Most Important Work.

In this episode, we discuss how to build people’s emotional courage so they can better navigate all of their emotions at work, willingly hold kind and hard conversations, and create more of the outcomes they want.

Connect with Peter:

Website:  http://bregmanpartners.com/

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:06] - Peter explains why leaders need to understand that emotions are the fuel that energizes our focus at work.
  • [06:22] - Peter explores if hard conversations can also be kind conversations at work.
  • [10:48] - Peter shares how to lead into a kind conversation that’s hard to have with others.
  • [14:14] - Peter explains why reducing our sense of power can help to build trust in our relationships.
  • [19:28] - Peter outlines why reverting to old behaviors can be the best way to become more of who we want to be at work.
  • [25:03] - Peter 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 Peter!

Oct 5, 2018

 

Today we’re talking to Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business whose research explores social cognition, and how people think about other people, to understand why smart people so routinely misunderstand each other. His research has appeared in more than two dozen empirical journals, has been featured by the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal among many other media outlets and he’s the author of Mindwise, How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel and Want.

In this episode, we discuss how your brain’s ability to understand what others think, believe, feel and want helps you to connect with others.  Nick also explains how this often goes wrong at work due to over-confidence that results in interpersonal misunderstandings and what you can do to improve your ability to mind read when it comes to your relationships.

Connect with Nick:

Website:  http://faculty.chicagobooth.edu/nicholas.epley/

 

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:57] - Nick explains how we all have a sixth sense that can help us to read each other’s minds.
  • [03:28] - Nick shares why our ability to read the minds of others is vital for our ability to thrive in the world.
  • [05:08] - Nick explains how our ability to read each other’s minds can often go wrong at work.
  • [07:48] - Nick shares what his research has found about how our tendencies for social interpersonal misunderstandings can shape our relationships and our actions at work.
  • [09:57] - Nick explains why interpreting people’s intent in our relationships can be so challenging.
  • [11:31] - Nick explores how our ability to mind read at work could impact people’s levels of psychological safety.
  • [13:15] - Nick shares what his research has found can help us to mind read more effectively.
  • [18:09] - Nick explores how staying out of judgment, and sitting in curiosity might help us to get perspective and be better mindreaders.
  • [19:33] - Nick outlines the findings from his recent research on why people are often reluctant to express gratitude to each other.
  • [23:53] - Nick 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 Nick!

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