Presentation at the International Congress of Positive Psychology
In the summer of 2015 Sarah ran a workshop at the International Congress of Positive Psychology.
Be practical - using positive psychology everyday
This highly interactive workshop was focused on helping people understand how they could use positive psychology everyday in existing activities. In the session she identified opportunities for intervention such as: coaching, performance appraisal, meetings, exit interviews, project groups, strategy development, changes processes, team briefing, recruitment, surveys (customers, staff), customer interactions, commissioning and contracting, cost cutting and redundancies, restructuring.
Then she introduced 20 positive psychology ideas that could be used with these opportunities to create a positive psychology experience:
- Psychological capital
- Collective intelligence
- Authentic leadership
- High quality connections
- Positive energy networks
- Virtuous practices
- Positive deviance
- Social capital
- Appreciative Inquiry
- Creating abundance.
She used the Positive Organisational Development card packs to help people new to positive psychology to quickly grasp these key concepts so they could engage with the practical exercise to follow. She talked about different ways of working with the cards in organisations such as
Stimulating discussions in groups
Discovery of current situation
Exploration of culture and values
Present need, Future Need
Base line culture measurement 1-10 scale
Prioritizing for investment in development
Then it was over to the group to…
‘In turn, thinking about your own work situation or work challenges – and what is reverberating for you from the conference – select a particular card/concept and explore with colleagues how this is particularly relevant to you/your situation –how more of it will make a positive difference.
Explore the questions for yourselves, see what they generate. Come up with better ones – or ones that work better in your context.
Discuss the guidance, add to it.
Explore how you can turn your thinking into a positive action step using the trio - opportunity, courage, plan.'
The card packs were raffled off at the end of the session to great delight amongst the audience! Many people commented on how it was a very useful session to have to help sort and organise the information they had been accumulating over the conference.