Positive Psychology
Coaching Techniques


In recent years the field of positive psychology has been shown to have a significant impact on the way we think about not only our occupations, but the way we experience happiness.  The field of positive psychology seeks to understand how we become satisfied and content as well as how we develop hope and optimism for the future.  On an individual level, positive psychology studies our capacity for love, vocational success, courage, skill, perseverance, forgiveness, originality, future mindedness, spirituality, high talent and wisdom.  At the group level positive psychology studies the civic virtues that can move individuals toward better citizenship, responsibility, nurturance, civility, moderation, tolerance, and an increased work ethic. (Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000).

In this training we explore ways that managers can simultaneously align their managerial talent with their organization’s mission as they coach their employees toward an optimal range of functioning.  It is our belief that when this occurs well, an employee’s potential is unlocked and they have a much greater capacity for generativity, growth and resilience. 

We known for quite a while that a climate of fear restricts innovation.  We also know that a culture of innovation requires a certain amount of failure.  Still, failure is often implicitly (if not explicitly) related to fear of punishment and consequences in the workplace.  In our workshop managers will learn how to talk about failures (as well as strengths) in a way that can promote team investment and engagement.   

According to educational psychologist Carol Dweck (2007) a “fixed mindset” is the belief that intelligence is innate (people are either born with it or they aren’t).  When employees and managers subscribe to this kind of thinking they are severely limiting an employee’s potential.  However, when an individual is encouraged to adopt a growth mindset that focuses more on effort and potential than a somewhat limited (and simplistic) focus on an outcome for a distinct task.  By focusing on both outcome and effort, managers can often have additional agency in promoting the type of measured risk taking that is essential for innovative businesses to survive.  

In this evidenced based mini-workshop we will teach managers how they can use coaching techniques to improve their managing skills resulting in improved employee workplace performance.  Participants will also learn several fundamental aspects about adult learning, it’s implications for employee/manager relationships, and how to give their employees a greater sense of control, action, and awareness.   


Workshop Length: All-day session
Psychometric Testing Device: Optional for $10 per participant fee
Individual Coaching of Participants: Yes (.5 hour pre and .5 hour post workshop)
Appropriate for small work groups: Yes





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