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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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May 29, 2020

Al Comeaux is a former executive at Travelocity, GE, American airlines. As a senior leader, Al has championed change across a range of workplaces and undertaken a 20-year journey researching why so many change efforts fail and what's needed for success.

Al is the founder of Primed For Change, a disruptive project to prepare leaders to take organizations successfully through change, and this week he has released a new book called Change Management.

In this episode, we explore how senior leaders think about change in workplaces and how they can balance being SMART with taking an approach that wins people’s HEARTS.

Connect with Al Comeaux:

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:58] - Al explains what most often takes leaders by surprise when it comes to trying to successfully create change in workplaces.
  • [06:23] - Al helps us explore if leaders should be more focused on understanding the problems or the opportunities for change in their organization.
  • [07:44] - Al offers tips for helping leaders to consistently explain the opportunity for change across their workplace, whilst allowing teams to make the change personally meaningful.
  • [09:43] - Al offers guidance on when leaders should try a top-down versus open source approach to leading change.
  • [14:52] - Al provides examples of how leaders can be SMART and have HEART when it comes to leading change.
  • [18:24] - Al offers examples leaders model the change consistently.
  • [22:31] - Al offers some tips for turning around the change cynics.

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, Al!

May 22, 2020

Mandy O'Neill, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Management at the George Mason University School of Business and a Senior Scientist at the University Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing. Mandy holds a doctorate in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University Graduate School of Business where she was a National Science Foundation graduate fellow and is an expert on organizational culture, immersions in the workplace, and women's careers.

Mandy consults and conducts academic research across a wide range of organizations, including Fortune 500 corporations, global technology firms, major medical centers, and emergency response teams. Her work has been published in a variety of scholarly and practitioner journals, including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, and the Harvard Business Review.

In this episode, we look at the headlines of the Wellbeing Lab research from the US and the importance of a culture of companionate love in workplaces.

Connect with Mandy O'Neill:

You’ll Learn:

  • [03:50] - Mandy shares an overview of the most recent Wellbeing Lab research results from the US.
  • [11:23] - Mandy explains what companionate love is and the impact it has on workplaces.
  • [14:28] - Mandy explains the difference between cognitive and emotional culture.
  • [17:28] - Mandy shares the impact that leaders demonstrating companionate love has in workplaces.
  • [21:22] - Mandy suggests ways leaders can build a culture of companionate love.
  • [26:08] - Mandy 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, Mandy!

May 15, 2020

In this week’s podcast we explore relational agency, and the four simple skills you can build in your teams to listen deeply, lift each other, and turn challenges around.

Connect with Arne Carlsen:

You’ll Learn:

  • [03:25] - Arne explains what relational agency is and why it matters when it comes to our wellbeing and performance at work.
  • [07:08] - Arne outlines how we can build more respectful engagement in our relationships at work.
  • [10:30] - Arne shares how we can practice generative resistance and healthy conflict with each other at work.
  • [13:08] - Arne outlines how liberating laughter compliments generative resistance and how we can create more of it in workplaces.
  • [16:27] - Arne offers tips for cultivating psychological safety within ourselves and our relationships.
  • [18:46] - Arne explains how the Best Reflected Self exercise can help us discover our strengths and improve our relationships.
  • [23:35] - Arne shares how leaders have introduced these relational agency skills successfully to their teams...
  • [25:10] - Arne 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, Arne!

May 8, 2020

In this week’s episode, Scott Barry Kaufman talks about his new book, “Transcend: The New Science of Self Actualization” in which he unearths some of Dr. Abraham Maslow’s unfinished work. He shares common misconceptions on the hierarchy of needs, how workplaces can support collective actualization, and why it is important to stay positive at this time of COVID 19—even amidst uncertainty or suffering. Scott brings in familiar psychology research to create a case for how leaders can be more enlightened in their approaches.

Connect with Dr. Scott Kaufman:

You’ll Learn:

  • [03:41] - Scott explains Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs theory and why there is a misconception in using the pyramid metaphor.
  • [07:09] - Scott explains how we can use the ideas and resources in his book at a time of global pandemic.
  • [12:52] - Scott explains how values play a part in creating transcendent workers and workplaces.
  • [17:59] - Scott shares how workplaces can help team members create more moments for integration and actualization.
  • [22:35] - Scott 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, Scott!

May 1, 2020

Warren Nilsson is an associate professor of social innovation at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and the faculty associate of the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation. He’s also the co-founder of Organisation Unbounded, an international community of inquiry and experimentation, exploring how social purpose organizations can more closely align their internal practices and cultures with their external social change goals. Warren has worked with social purpose organizations in North America, Africa, and South Asia connecting his academic research with practitioner-driven social initiatives.

In this week’s podcast, we explore what any workplace can learn from social change organizations about the two unique steps they take to create positive change inside and outside of their workplaces.

Connect with Warren Nilsson:

You’ll Learn:

  • [03:08] - Warren explains how learning to successfully create social change can help to transform any organization.
  • [05:22] - Warren shares what his research has been finding to help any workplace create more positive change in the world.
  • [07:42] - Warren outlines why workplaces need to work more in the social field if they want to have a positive impact on the world.
  • [12:53] - Warren shares how psychological safety and high-quality connections offer practical insights and tools to help us create social fields that help to create social change.
  • [15:33] - Warren offers some tips on what the best social purpose organizations do to align their external purpose with the internal ways they bring out the best in their staff.
  • [22:54] - Warren explains how workplaces can create cultures of listening and connecting people to what they are feeling.
  • [29:17] - Warren explains why scaling questions rather than scaling solutions often offers a more effective pathway for creating social change.
  • [35:01] - Warren 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, Warren!

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