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Does Positive Psychology Turn Leaders Off?

Does Positive Psychology Turn Leaders Off?

BY Michelle McQuaid

Are your leaders allergic to the word ‘positive’? Does just the idea of introducing positive psychology practices in your workplace bring them out in a nervous rash? If you’re nodding your head, you’re not alone. Many leaders – and employees – are completely turned off by the idea of positive psychology at work.

“I understand the research is compelling, but frankly I’m allergic to the word positive,” an executive HR leader told me recently. “Is this a management trick to get us to work harder?” asked an employee in a recent positive psychology workshop being run at his company. “Just make my people more resilient in the three hours you have with them,” demanded a team leader in another organization.

Sharing the research and practices that may help bring out the best in people at work is not for the faint hearted. So when I interviewed Dr Ilona Boniwell one of the world’s leading positive psychology researchers, teachers and consultants, I asked her how she successfully introduces these concepts into workplaces.

Want to hear her magic formula? Watch the video below to discover my a-ha moment about the simple way to open leader’s minds to positive psychology practices.

Or listen to my full interview with Ilona here.

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