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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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Apr 24, 2020

Anne is a Change Professional who has managed change programs across multiple industries, from large scale systems implementations through to workplace transformations, with a focus on changing cultures and building internal business change capability. For the last seven years, Anne has been bringing wellbeing into her change programs with fabulous results and has been referred to as “the Magic Maker”.

In this week’s episode, we explore the practical actions workplaces can be taking to care for their people’s wellbeing during a time of disruption and rapid change.

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You’ll Learn:

  • [01:50] - Anne shares how the CoVID-19 pandemic impacted Qantas as a workplace.
  • [02:24] - Anne’s essential first step to supporting people during a disruption.
  • [03:23] - Anne’s number one priority for worker wellbeing during the CoVID-19 disruption.
  • [03:54] - Simple, practical ways to support wellbeing during a disruption.
  • [05:51] - What goes into a daily calm session?
  • [08:22] - Anne’s biggest learning on wellbeing during change.
  • [09:19] - The ‘new normal’ of workplace wellbeing
  • [10:19] - Anne 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, Anna!

Apr 17, 2020

Bruce Daisley was previously Twitter’s most senior employee outside of the United States in his role as Vice President across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Bruce’s passion for improving work led him to create the podcast Eat Sleep Work Repeat on using evidence-based approaches to make work better and he’s recently released a book of the same name.

In today’s podcast, we explore how leaders can help bring out the best in their teams as more workers suddenly find themselves working remotely.

Connect with Bruce Daisley:

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:48] - Bruce shares some of the evidence-based practices that helped him to bring out the best in himself and his teams at Twitter.
  • [07:20] - Bruce shares Twitter’s invitation to #lovewhereyouwork and why as a leader this became his priority.
  • [11:33] - Bruce offers some practical tips for staying physically distanced but socially connected with each other at work.
  • [14:54] - Bruce explains how we can manage the stress that comes with working more remotely.
  • [18:07] - Bruce offers some examples of how teams can build and maintain psychological safety with each other.
  • [22:55] - Bruce shares why positive effect and laughter helps teams to be in sync with each other and what we can do to create more laughter our workplaces.
  • [24:32] - Bruce 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, Bruce!

Apr 10, 2020

Dr. Adam Fraser is a human performance researcher and consultant who studies how organizations adopt a high-performance culture to thrive in this challenging and evolving business landscape. Adam has worked with elite athletes, the armed forces and business professionals of all levels. In the last eight years, he has delivered more than 1200 presentations to over 300,000 people in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Adam is also the author of four best-selling books, including his latest one, Strive, which I’m looking forward to delving into today.

In this episode, we explore the benefits of struggle when it comes to our learning and growth and the four practical steps we can take to get more comfortable with struggle.

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You’ll Learn:

  • [02:35] - Adam shares what enables us to strive
  • [06:46] - Adam talks about why we need to make struggle our friend
  • [07:55] - Adam explains about the value of negative emotions
  • [12:26] - Adam introduces foreground and background behaviors that support striving.
  • [13:24] - Adam outlines the SAFE foreground behaviors and how we can learn to sit with discomfort.
  • [18:13] - Adam offers tips for accepting our struggle without judgment.
  • [23:29] - Adam shares how the focus of our struggle can be development, learning, and growth.
  • [26:53] - Adam explains how we can engage in the most constructive behaviors even in the midst of struggle.
  • [34:11] - Adam 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, Adam!

Apr 2, 2020

Dr. Peggy Kern is an associate professor at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne’s graduate school of education. Peggy’s research is collaborative in nature and draws on a variety of methodologies to examine questions around who thrives in life and why. Including understanding and measuring healthy functioning, identifying individual and social factors impacting life trajectories and systems informed approaches to wellbeing. She’s published three books and over 85 peer-reviewed articles and chapters.

In this week’s podcast, we explore the impact COVID-19 and the economic downturn is having on workers’ wellbeing and performance, and what leaders and workplaces can be doing to support them.

Connect with Peggy Kern:

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:45] - Peggy shares her latest research findings on how workplaces can help workers to care for their wellbeing.
  • [11:03] - Peggy explains what research over the last two weeks has found about the impact of COVID-19 and the sudden economic downturn is having on workers' wellbeing and performance.
  • [15:28] - Peggy provides insights into why some workers are thriving even though they are experiencing high levels of worry and anxiety at the moment.
  • [18:19] - Peggy offers tips to help workers thrive even in the face of struggle and how this may shift over time.
  • [22:28] - Peggy explains why as workers grieve through the changes that are happening that workplaces and leaders can make it ok to talk about the struggles they are experiencing.
  • [24:04] - Peggy offers guidance for HR teams are why to focus their resources and efforts during this unpredictable time to support workers’ wellbeing.
  • [27:25] - Peggy 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, Peggy!

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