Course Detail: P_APPLYPOS - Applying Positive Psychology to Build High-Performing Workplaces

Chances are you’ve seen the unfortunate impact of negativity in the workplace.  Negative mindsets and interactions can breed conflict and erode productivity.  However, research in the field of positive psychology shows that positivity can be learned and, when applied, can lead to high performing teams and workplaces.

This workshop will first provide an understanding of this research by exploring how much positivity is needed in the workplace, how to get it and how it increases performance.  Then you’ll learn specific techniques to apply this research for yourself as a leader and for your workplace.  The skills include:

  • flipping negativity
  • enhancing work relationships (easy and difficult ones)
  • engaging your team through authentic recognition, discovering strengths and welcoming dissent
  • discovering positive meaning in the work environment
  • spreading and absorbing positivity
  • fostering the proper balance between inquiry (asking questions) and advocacy (stating viewpoints)
  • exploring the power of a growth mindset with your team, and
  • coaching individuals using a four-step model that builds your capacity to foster team member growth and performance.

You’ll practice these skills through interactive exercises and case studies to be ready to apply them immediately back at your workplace so you will be able to bring out the best in each of your team members, and yourself.   

Course fee includes Advocacy/Inquiry Skills Inventory by Kittie Watson, PhD and Larry Barker, PhD.

The University of Southern Maine is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.

The registration fee includes all materials.

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 Session Detail:  PP1017APPLYPOS (19 seats (79%) remaining)
Schedule: Every day, starting on 10/16/17 and ending on 10/16/17
Times: 08:30am - 04:30pm
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Price: Applying Postive Psychology Reg fee : $275.00

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Janet Edmunson
Janet Edmunson
Biography: Janet Edmunson, M.Ed, is President of JME Insights and has over 30 years' experience in leadership in both large and small organizations. She was the Corporate Manager of Wellness Programs for a Fortune 50 company (Georgia-Pacific Corporation). She has also been a leader in, or consultant to, small and mid-size businesses, including New England Telephone and the Boston Five Cents Savings Bank. She retired in 2007 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as their Director of Prevention & Wellness for a staff of 20. Since retirement, she has been a consultant and national motivational speaker, having spoken to or consulted with over 300 organizations.While still working full-time, Janet took care of her husband, Charles, during the five years he fought a rare neurological disease. In her book, Finding Meaning with Charles, she wrote about how they strived to maintain a positive attitude throughout. Janet recently retired as chair of the Board of Directors for the national Foundation for PSP | CBD and Related Brain Diseases, having served from 2009-2013. She is also on the Board of Trustees for the Employee Ownership Foundation. Janet has a Master's degree from Georgia State University. Janet Edmunson
Katherine Maloney
Katherine Maloney
Biography: Katherine Maloney, M.B.A., is an accomplished coach, program manager, facilitator, and consultant with over 25 years of experience in Human Resources helping individuals and teams connect with success in health care, financial services, and higher education organizations. Workplace affiliations and clients have included Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Fidelity Investments, Bank of Boston, and Babson and Emmanuel Colleges. Currently, Katherine provides career coaching for individuals and organizational consulting focused on building positive workplaces through her firm, WorkPaths Consulting. No image available

Facility Detail
Abromson Center, Room 216
88 Bedford St
Portland, ME 04101

Cancellation Policy
A cancellation charge of 100.00% will be assessed on cancellations occurring within 5 days of the start of this session.