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Positive Psychology at Work:

Book Description

Positive Psychology at Work brings the fields of positive psychology and appreciative inquiry together for the first time to provide leaders and change agents with a powerful new approach to achieving organizational excellence.

  • Draws together positive psychology and appreciative inquiry in the context of leadership organizational challenges for the first time

  • Presents academically rigorous and referenced material in a jargon-free, accessible manner

  • Arranged with chapters focused on specific organizational challenges to allow readers to quickly find ideas relevant to their unique situation

  • Features short contributions from experienced practitioners of positive psychology and Appreciative Inquiry, and includes case studies from the UK, Europe, Australia and the USAƂ

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. About the Author
  7. Book Contributors
  8. Preface
    1. Accounts
    2. Summaries and Key Points
    3. Stories
    4. Cartoons
    5. Referencing
  9. Acknowledgements
  10. The Short Version of This Book
  11. 1: Introduction to Positive Psychology
    1. Positive Psychology is Not Positive Thinking
    2. How Positive Psychology Differs from Positive Thinking
    3. The Ethical Bias of This Book
    4. Key Themes of the Book
  12. 2: Positive Workplaces
    1. Introduction
    2. What is a Positive Workplace?
    3. How Does Positive Organizational Behaviour Turn into Positive Organizational Performance?
    4. Organizational Culture
    5. The Organization as a Complex Adaptive System
    6. Why is Culture so Hard to Change?
    7. How to Create Positive Workplaces
    8. Summary
    9. Further Reading
  13. 3: Positive Engagement and Performance
    1. Introduction
    2. Active Engagement at Work
    3. Strengths and Talents
    4. Flow
    5. Mindfulness
    6. Management Influence on Engagement and Productivity at Work
    7. Goal Seeking
    8. Goal Setting
    9. Goal Setting and Environment Contingencies
    10. The Meaningfulness of Work
    11. Strategies for Increasing the Meaningfulness of Work
    12. Summary
    13. Recommended Reading
  14. 4: Positive Communication and Decision-Making
    1. Introduction
    2. Communication
    3. Connectivity
    4. Dynamic Patterns of Communication
    5. How to Build Positive Communication and Increase Performance
    6. Leadership and Positive Communication
    7. Best Self-Feedback
    8. Decision-Making
    9. Emotions in Decision-Making
    10. Micro-Decision-Making
    11. Other Factors that Enhance Decision-Making
    12. Moving from Decision-Making to Sense-Making
    13. Summary
    14. Further Reading
  15. 5: Positive Leadership and Change
    1. Introduction
    2. Leadership
    3. Psychopathic Leaders
    4. Organizational Change
    5. Approaches to Change
    6. Leadership Change Behaviour
    7. Effective Leadership Behaviour
    8. Developing Strategy
    9. Summary
    10. Further Reading
  16. 6: Positive Sustainable Growth
    1. Introduction
    2. Psychological Capital
    3. Appreciative Inquiry
    4. Positive Profusion Theory of Growth of the Positive Organization
    5. The Three-Circle Strengths Revolution
    6. Summary
    7. Further Reading
  17. 7: Positive Relationships at Work
    1. Introduction
    2. Positive Team Working
    3. High Quality Working Relationships
    4. Summary
    5. Further Reading
  18. 8: Positive Transformation
    1. Introduction
    2. Key Processes of Flourishing and Inspiring Workplaces
    3. Why Organizations Ignore the Transformative Collaboration Approach to Change
    4. Transformative Collaboration
    5. Patterns of Organizational Life
    6. Transformative Collaboration Approaches
    7. Summary
    8. Further Reading
  19. Other Things You Need to Know
    1. How to Live a Happy and Meaningful Life
    2. How to Have a Better Quality Old Age
  20. References
  21. Index