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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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Jul 31, 2020

Today we're talking to Dr. Paige Williams, co-founder of the Leaders Lab, an honorary fellow, and researcher at the Center for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne. Paige works to create practical evidence-based pathways that use the latest research in neuroscience, positive psychology, leadership, and systems thinking to help leaders leverage their energy, attitudes, and mindsets to benefit from the dynamic, complex, and uncertain environment in which most organizations now operate.

She is determined to help leaders move beyond just the need for resilience so that they can become anti-fragile. This is the focus of her new book, Becoming Anti-fragile, Learning to Thrive Through Disruption, Challenge, and Change, which we're going to explore together today.

In this week’s episode, we explore how we can leverage the physical, emotional, and mental energy, attitude and mindsets of anti-fragility to create positive change.

Connect with Dr. Paige Williams:

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:30] - Paige explains what antifragility is and why it is important.
  • [04:27] - Paige shares some real-life examples of antifragility in action.
  • [07:14] - Paige explains the robust principles that we can use as touchstones to becoming antifragility.
  • [09:45] - Paige explains why energy, attitude, and mindsets are the building blocks to being antifragile.
  • [13:17] - Paige explains the nuances of energy – the physical, mental and emotional components.
  • [15:10] - Paige describes antifragile attitudes.
  • [17:43] - Paige describes the antifragile mindset.
  • [21:17] - Paige explains how to scale up antifragile principles and building blocks for teams and organizational systems.
  • [26:00] - Paige enters 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, Paige!

Jul 24, 2020

Today we’re talking to Robert Emmons, who’s a professor of psychology at the University of California. Bob’s research focuses on the Psychology of Gratitude and joy as they relate to human flourishing and wellbeing. Bob has authored over 200 original publications in peer-reviewed journals or chapters written or edited eight books, including The Psychology of Gratitude. He is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and public events and has his groundbreaking work on gratitude featured in dozens of popular media outlets all over the world. Bob is also the founding editor and editor in chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology.

In this week’s episode, we explore how the practice of gratitude can help us care for wellbeing in workplaces and the practical things leaders and teams can do to practice affirmation and recognition of each other.

Connect with Robert Emmons:

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:30] - Bob defines gratitude for us.
  • [04:27] - Bob shares some of the common misunderstandings people have about gratitude when it comes to improving wellbeing.
  • [07:14] - Bob explains the bottom-line benefits for prioritizing gratitude in workplaces.
  • [09:45] - Bob shares what recent studies have found in terms of how gratitude works neurologically.
  • [13:17] - Bob explains how the practice of gratitude can help leaders and teams feel psychologically safe.
  • [15:10] - Bob offers some tips for how the best ways to express gratitude in workplaces.
  • [17:43] - Bob offers some advice to ensure our expressions of gratitude are authentic.
  • [21:17] - Bob shares what the research is finding in terms of the most effective forms of expressing gratitude.
  • [26:00] - Bob enters 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, Bob!

Jul 16, 2020

Today we’re talking to professor Christian Van Nieuwerburgh. Christian is a leading academic and practitioner in the field of coaching in education. He’s a professor of coaching and positive psychology at the University of East London and executive director of Growth Coaching International, a Sydney based global coaching provider for the education sector.

In this week’s podcast, we explore the skills and art that enable us to be effective coaches.

Connect with Christian Van Nieuwerburgh:

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:55] - Christian explains what makes coaching so effective for development and growing wellbeing.
  • [05:12] - Christian shares the top two skills coaches should develop.
  • [07:25] - Christian shares the ‘art’ of coaching and how we can lean into this opportunity to make our coaching more effective.
  • [13:30] - Christian highlights what coaches should be considered when supporting people faced with uncertainty and disruption.
  • [37:20] - Christian enters 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, Christian!

Jul 10, 2020

Today we’re talking to Dr. Judith Beck, who is a clinical professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and the president of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
Judith is a prolific author, clinician, and educator in the field of mental health, and has written several books for professionals and for consumers about cognitive behavior therapy, made hundreds of presentations around the world, and continues to treat clients through Beck Institute’s in-house clinic, and has won numeral awards for her contributions to the field of CBT.

In this week’s podcast, we explore how cognitive behavior therapy can be safely used in workplaces to help leaders and staff care for their wellbeing.

Connect with Judith Beck:

https://beckinstitute.org/

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:13] - Judith explains what cognitive behavior therapy is and provides an example of how it can support our wellbeing.
  • [06:20] - Judith shares some of the research findings on the benefits of cognitive behavior therapy when it comes to caring for our wellbeing.
  • [09:08] - Judith explains how cognitive behavior therapy has changed over the last decade to tap into research on motivation, purpose, and resilience.
  • [13:38] - Judith offers some examples of how cognitive behavior therapy can be safely used in workplaces – particularly in the midst of COVID-19.
  • [18:04] - Judith provides three tips on how we can use cognitive behavior therapy to care for our own wellbeing at work.
  • [23:05] - Judith enters for 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, Judith!

Jul 4, 2020

Today we’re talking to Margaret Wheatley, Co-founder and President of The Berkana Institute, an organizational consultant since 1973, a global citizen since her youth and a prolific writer.

Meg began caring about the world’s peoples in 1966 as a Peace Corps volunteer in postwar Korea. She received her doctorate in organizational behavior from Harvard University in 1979 just as the field of OD was forming and has been honored for her groundbreaking work by many professional associations, universities, and organizations. She has authored nine books, including the classic leadership and the new science and of my personal favorite, Who Do We Choose To Be?

For the past five years, Meg has been training leaders and activists from 35 countries as Warriors for the Human Spirit, an in-depth training program and path of service supported by a robust global community. Her most recent work is a CD, The Warrior Songline, A Journey into Warriorship Guided by Voice and Sound.

In this week’s episode, we explore the challenges and opportunities for leaders in the world right now when their ability to control uncertainty has never been more challenging. Meg helps us understand how leaders can adjust their approaches to have a more positive impact on their people and their workplaces.

Connect with Meg Wheatley:

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:55] - Meg describes what the challenges and opportunities are for leaders in the world right now.
  • [05:12] - Meg explains why traditional models and thinking about leadership are no longer relevant.
  • [07:25] - Meg describes how leaders need to be warriors of the human spirit
  • [13:30] - Meg explores why leaders who show care, compassion and appreciation bring out the best in themselves and others
  • [19:06] - Meg describes the ‘enlightened leadership’ that is needed in the world right now
  • [21:59] - Meg outlines three elements to ‘enlightened leadership’
  • [27:25] - Meg describes the importance of context for ‘enlightened leadership’
  • [28:41] - Meg explains how leaders can consciously choose to be warriors of the human spirit
  • [30:58] - Meg relieves us of the burden of being ‘change-makers’ for other leaders
  • [33:55] - Meg introduces us to Islands of Sanity
  • [37:20] - Meg enters for 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, Meg!

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