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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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Dec 17, 2020

Today we're talking to Michael Platt, a Penn Integrates Knowledge professor with appointments in the Department of Neuroscience, the Department of Psychology, and the Department of Marketing in the University of Pennsylvania. Michael works at the intersection of economics, psychology, and neuroscience, and he is a former president of The Society for Neuroeconomics. Michael's work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Guardian, and National Geographic and his new book is called The Leader's Brain.

In this week’s episode, we explore how understanding more about how our brain's work can help us to thrive at work.

Connect with Michael Platt:

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:47] - Michael shares why neuroscience is of relevance to leaders & workplaces
  • [03:33] - Michael shares why our brains crave a sense of certainty
  • [04:45] - Michael shows how leaders can create cohesive & effective teams
  • [08:26] - Michael shares how we can keep the social networks in our brain firing even when working remotely
  • [10:45] - Michael shares how our brain's processing capacity impacts our reality
  • [14:34] - Michael shares what leaders can do to communicate effectively given the brain's processing limitations
  • [20:41] - Michael shares ways that leaders can approach accountability, to help us have more productive outcomes
  • [22:18] - Michael shares how a leaders style of leadership can trigger a response in the brain
  • [23:40] - Michael enters the lightning round.

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, Michael!

Dec 10, 2020

Today we’re talking to Jessica Amortegui, who’s the Senior Director of Learning & Development at LinkedIn where she designs and delivers programs for leaders and teams. Equipped with a conviction that we are all in beta-mode, Jess believes her work is much more than the opportunity to do what we do best. It’s a training ground to become our most evolved selves.

In this week’s episode, we explore how LinkedIn’s development programs are helping their leaders to pivot and embrace their vulnerability to improve performance.

Connect with Jess Amortegul:

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:38] - Jess explains how workplaces can create safe and effective training grounds for their people to become their most evolved selves.
  • [04:47] - Jess shares how we all get stuck sometimes in performing, pleasing, proving, and perfecting and the impact this has on how we show up to our work.
  • [06:51] - Jess outlines how LinkedIn has been helping its leaders to pivot during a year of extreme uncertainty and disruption.
  • [12:09] - Jess shares how LinkedIn is designing a new leadership program to help their leaders embrace their vulnerability.
  • [17:15] - Jess explains how LinkedIn is helping their leaders to turn their learnings about the importance of purpose, strengths, and vulnerability into consistent actions.
  • [27:16] - Jess enters the lightning round.

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, Jess!

Dec 3, 2020

Today we’re talking to Professor Edgar Shein and Peter Shein. Ed and his son Peter together co-founded the Organizational Culture and Leadership Institute (OCLI.org) and have together published the award-winning Humble Leadership and Culture + Change + Leadership: The Corporate Culture Survival Guide, along with the upcoming second edition of Humble Inquiry that will be released in 2021.

Ed is Professor Emeritus of MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University, has consulted and published extensively, and has been the recipient of two-lifetime achievement awards. Peter’s unique work draws on 30 years of industry experience in marketing and corporate development at technology pioneers including Apple, SGI, Sun Microsystems, and numerous internet start-ups.

In this week’s podcast, we explore how humble leadership and humble inquiry can help to improve our workplace cultures.

Connect with Edgar & Peter Schein:

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:07] - Ed shares clarifies what is culture and how we can shape it.
  • [05:10] - Peter shares what Humble Leadership is and why it matters to workplaces and their culture.
  • [09:13] - Ed gives us an insight into what Humble Inquiry is and what role it plays in Humble Leadership.
  • [13:09] - Peter shares some of the barriers to inquiry.
  • [16:49] - Ed highlights some practical tips for growing an attitude and approach of Humble Inquiry in workplaces.
  • [22:18] - Peter shares where performance measurement and humble inquiry can collide.
  • [24:52] - Ed and Peter enter the lightning round.

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, Edgar & Peter!

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