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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 26, 2020

Dr. Michelle McQuaid and Dr. Paige Williams are the co-founders of The Leaders Lab, which helps leaders to thrive and create thriving workplaces. They use evidence-based approaches that draw on the latest research in neuroscience, positive psychology, leadership, and systems thinking to help leaders and workplaces move beyond just the need for resilience, to become antifragile.

In this week’s podcast, we explore the practical steps leaders can take to be more neurologically robust and antifragile, so they can help themselves and their teams thrive during this time of unprecedented disruption and change.

Connect with Dr. Michelle McQuaid & Dr. Paige Williams:

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:50] - Michelle shares hot-off-the-research-desk data about the impact coronavirus and the economic downturn is having for leaders and their teams.
  • [06:06] - Michelle and Paige explore how leaders can be antifragile and thrive even during this time of great unpredictably and disruption.
  • [10:48] - Michelle and Paige explore why leaders need a coaching style of leadership to support themselves and others amidst the challenges they are facing right now.
  • [13:23] - Michelle and Paige explain how leaders can recruit their brains to manage the anxiety and fear that they and their teams may be feeling at the moment.
  • [14:19] - Michelle and Paige provide tips on how leaders and their teams can operate in reality without catastrophizing unnecessarily.
  • [18:28] - Michelle and Paige explore how leaders can break the negative and build the positive for their teams in these uncertain times.
  • [21:36] - Michelle and Paige explain how leaders and their teams can use intelligent risk to quickly learn and grow in the face of the unprecedented changes they are experiencing.
  • [25:35] - Michelle and Paige offer tips on how to seek collective wisdom across a team even when more and more people are having to work virtually.
  • [30:03] - Michelle and Paige explore how leaders can tackle the infinite game so on the other side of coronavirus and economic downturns they and their teams are able to maximize what they’ve learned during this challenging period.
  • [34:49] - Michelle 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, Michelle!

Mar 19, 2020

In this week’s podcast, we explore how pro-social principles and tools can help groups collaborate more effectively together by creating safe spaces, to be honest about what they want, what they fear, and how this shapes the way they choose to work together.

Connect with Paul Atkins: 

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:32] - Paul explains why collaborating with each other is often challenging at work.
  • [04:18] - Paul shares why we often struggle to appreciate the differences in each other.
  • [05:40] - Paul outlines the prosocial process and how it might help us to collaborate better with each other.
  • [07:48] - Paul outlines the eight-core design principles that guide the prosocial process.
  • [16:58] - Paul shares an example of how the prosocial principals and tools can be applied in workplaces.
  • [23:36] - Paul offers some simple questions we can use to help create more prosocial ways of working together.
  • [27:45] - Paul offers some tips for dysfunctional teams to become more prosocial and collaborate better together.
  • [30:26] - Paul 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, Paul!

Mar 12, 2020

In this week’s episode, Dr. Michelle McQuaid explains the 5 evidence-based MAGIC factors that make p positive change possible in workplaces, and how you can activate these in your own work or across your whole workplace.

Connect with Michelle Mcquaid: 

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:37] - Michelle explains what positive change is and why it should be our goal in workplaces.
  • [04:09] - Michelle outlines the 5 evidence-based MAGIC factors for creating positive change.
  • [10:56] - Michelle shares how her virtual global team embeds the MAGIC factors to create positive changes together.
  • [15:07] - Michelle shares why workplaces often struggle with generative conversations and self-organization.
  • [21:18] - Michelle offers some tips for people who feel they have little control over how change unfolds in their workplace.
  • [24:43] - Michelle 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 Michelle!

Mar 5, 2020

Stewart Friedman is an organizational psychologist at Wharton and founder of Wharton’s Leadership Program and it’s work-life integration project. Listed among HR magazine’s most influential international thinkers, Stewart has written two best sellers, Leading The Life You Want and Total Leadership. And his newest book, which is about to be released, is Parents Who Lead.

In this week’s podcast, we explore the practical steps we can take to integrate our work and our life to create four-way wins across our career, our family, our community and ourselves (mind, body, spirit) and the impact this has on our wellbeing and performance at work.

Connect with Stewart Friedman: 

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:18] - Stew explains how we can create four-way wins by integrating our careers, our family, our community, and our own needs to improve wellbeing and performance.
  • [06:29] - Stew offers some practical tips to help us improve the integration of our career, our family, our community and ourselves.
  • [14:33] - Stew outlines how peer coaching in workplaces can be used to help people become more confident and motivated to experiment with integration across their career, family, community, and self.
  • [19:31] - Stew explains how we can lead better in our families and the impact this has on our work.
  • [25:31] - Stew offers tips for asking workplace leaders for the support we need to create the win-win outcomes we need to better integrate our careers, our families, our community and ourselves.
  • [28:15] - Stew completes the Lightning Round.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening! 

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.

Please leave an honest review of the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!  Thank you Stew!

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